We hosted a wedding 'kitchen' shower here yesterday. Everyone was to bring a favorite recipe and a kitchen gift. It was this small little blue bird at Sur La Table that inspired my gift.
I love putting gifts together. I remembered an article from Country Living magazine a while back about the history of these little birds. I was inspired to give some baking supplies and a recipe for blackberry cobbler. The little bird allows the steam to vent, so the fruit filling won't spill over-brilliant and cute. A French tapered rolling pin, ceramic pie dish, dish towel and a vintage style timer complete the gift! Don't you just love memories and things of old?
"Pie birds evoke warm feelings of gathering around a table for fresh-from-the-oven desserts," says Texas collector Jeannie Kolger, whose cabinets bulge with more than 1,000 of these tools, designed to prevent pie fillings from boiling over by creating a steam vent. Though English bakers started using workmanlike ceramic funnels for this purpose in the early 1800s, the utensils didn't take on fanciful bird forms until migrating to the States in the 1930s. The inspiration? The nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence": Four and 20 blackbirds, baked in a pie. Today, fans of the figurals drop anywhere from $10 to $3,000 for avian as well as other, rarer shapes.
Grab you a little bird and enjoy making your next pie in style or wrap one up as a gift!
Need other gift ideas?
Here is another one I shared last summer!
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