Studies have shown our choice and enjoyment of food is based on more than just being hungry. It involves our whole network of senses including what we see, smell or even hear (think about that Snap, Crackle and Pop of Rice Krispies, mmm).
However, German baker Karin Pfeiff-Boschek really has taken this to a whole new level by transforming regular pie recipes into mini works of art. Her background in textile design, mixed with a bit of pie influence from the American midwest, helps create these Instagram masterpieces which are visually stunning.
One quick glance at Karin’s Instagram page and it becomes clear she is a perfectionist. The pies are incredibly intricate with the lattice and pattern cut outs executed perfectly and all look just as beautiful post-bake. Any amateur baker can attest to the difficulty of this, with fillings usually oozing out creating a burnt edged nightmare!
Taking inspiration from a wide range of sources including nature and architecture, the pie design possibilities are endless and range from traditional circular to more abstract square pies. Even harnessing the various fruits enables colours to be achieved which are vibrant and dramatic. These pies really are a form of theatre.
Karin bakes three pies a week and each pie decoration can take around two hours and possibly more depending on the complexity of the artwork, making this truly a labour of love and devotion.
This really is food that looks, almost, too good to eat. Anyone got any custard?