What makes something a true pie? One technical and narrow way of looking at it is to define pies as combinations of sweet or savory ingredients held in a pastry crust and baked in a deep dish with sloped sides (as opposed to the straight and shallow sides of a tart). But since pies by their very nature are made to offer down-home, comforting satisfaction, why be a stickler about nomenclature? As Mark Ainsworth, a professor at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, puts it, “A ...

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