Time really flies! I never expected my turn to be the host of Aspiring Bakers to come so soon but it has and I’m glad to announce that this month’s theme is “Easy as Pie“. I’m sure some of you would have heard of this saying or simile before, as easy as pie, which is strange, because I know that making pies is not the easiest thing for a new baker to do! Therefore this month, I hope to challenge you to bake up any type of pie you can think of! Bake any type of pie you can think of – apple pie, pecan pie, pumpkin pie, chicken pie or be creative and come up with new combinations! I will also be expanding this “pie category” to include tarts, quiches, crostatas and galettes. This includes anything with a pâte brisée, pâte sucrée or pâte feuilletée (pastry dough, sweet dough or puff pastry for you non-Francophiles). Basically anything with a crust (either top or bottom or both), so put your creative caps on and bake away! If you are unsure if what you are baking falls within this month’s theme, simply just email me!
Try some blueberry cream cheese tarts perhaps? 


For those ‘old hands’ who have made numerous tarts and pies already, I hope to challenge you to come up with new combinations (try savoury pies if you haven’t!) or try new recipes. For those novice and new bakers (like me), don’t be intimidated by the thought of making pie or tart crusts (or even puff pastry) – it really isn’t that difficult and trust me, you’ll get addicted to homemade pies after you’ve tried! Hopefully, after the month of August, each Aspiring Baker will realize that baking pies are really, as easy as pie :]
Or some fresh fruit tart?
Now onto the details of this event:
Who can participate? 
Everyone who is interested! If you don’t have a blog, just send me a photograph and the recipe and I’ll post it up in the roundup.
How to participate? 
  1. Bake a pie or tart or pastry for this August’s theme. 
  2. Post it on your blog between 01 August 2011 and 31 August 2011. Your post should include the recipe or the link to the original recipe. Any entries posted outside this date range will not be accepted. The roundup will be posted on 01 September 2011. 
  3. Please copy and paste the following sentence when posting your blog entry. Entries which do not include this sentence will not be accepted. The sentence is: “I am submitting this to Aspiring Bakers #10: Easy as Pie (August 2011), hosted by Janine of Not the Kitchen Sink!” Please include the links back to this entry here. 
  4. When you have posted your entry, please send me an email with the subject title “Aspiring Bakers #10″ and email me at ask.thekitchensink@gmail.com in the following format:
Your name or nickname:
Your blog name: (omit this if you do not have a blog)
Name of your bake:
URL of your post:
URL of your photograph: (One photo for each entry, preferably less than 500kb) – or you can attach a photograph in the email.

Have fun baking!

19 comments

  1. Thanks for hosting for this month! This is another big challenge for me as I seldom make pies/tarts. Hope to see lots of creative entries! :)

  2. DG says:

    Hello Janine,
    New month new challenge, really looking forward to participate :)

  3. lifeisfull says:

    Hello! Thanks for dropping by my blog! I hope to be able to participate in your pie challenge if time permits. I’m having some reno work done this month. I like your chocolate swiss roll, by the way. It looks really good!

  4. Hello! Janine,

    Thanks for hosting this month event :) I love piessssss both sweet and savoury!!!!! Excited to see all the entries coming in :)

  5. Anncoo says:

    Thanks for hosting for this month challenge. I can’t wait to try my hands on more tarts :D

  6. Hi Janine! What a fun event/challenge on your site! I’m not a baker so I can’t participate but I’d LOVE to see what others are baking! It’s too bad I can only get to see, not to taste. Your pictures are beautiful and I enjoyed visiting your site for the first time! :-)

  7. sotong says:

    aha, this is going to be challenging for me for sure! no matter what, i’ll put my lazy bones to work to support u! :)

  8. Janine says:

    @ssb: i hope to see your entry soon then ;)

    @DG, Ellena, Sotong and Anncoo: I’m looking forward to all your entries!

    @nami: thanks for your sweet comments :)

    @lifeisfull: oh do please participate if you have the time :) I’m liking ur blog a lot too! And thanks about the swiss roll!

  9. I missed the swiss roll event, I’ll try not to miss this. I love making pies and tarts! I was already planning to make one this week when I saw this event on your post! What great timing! See you soon!

  10. lena says:

    will think of something to support the event!ok, let me go and search for some recipes first!!

  11. Swee San says:

    mmm i’m thinking of some sweet tarts aleady… I hope I have the time to make them.. :P

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  13. eileen says:

    This gives me an excuse to bake chicken pie. Haha!
    Eileen@ hundred eighty degrees

  14. Both tartlets are very pretty. Happy Hosting!

  15. Gloria says:

    Thanks for stopping by, I love these look amazing!!Im following you, gloria

  16. Alice says:

    hi Janine, thks for being the host for this month’s event
    so excited to participate even though its almost never for me baking pies and related to it
    wish me luck! :P

  17. Honey boy says:

    Thanks for hosting this month’s aspiring bakers. Hope I could come up with something soon!! Cheers!!

  18. Janine says:

    to all:

    thanks for the comments and do support the event :) I’ll be looking forward to your entries!

  19. Really want to joy month’s aspiring bakers.
    Hope I don’t become busy, and have time to make some pie ^^.

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