Four & Twenty Blackbirds owners share their essential baking tools

Emily and Melissa Elsen, co-owners of Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie shop in Brooklyn, know a few things about pies. Their shop has been named one of the Best Pie Shops in America, and they’ve been featured in everything from Forbes to Travel + Leisure.

Their appealing pies have made them famous, with special flavors like salted caramel apple pie made with New York-grown apples. They have earned a wide following and dozens of accolades, so their baking prowess is without question.

The Strategist recently asked the Elsens what are the essential tools a pie baker should have in his/her arsenal. Here is their list of the top tools they use in their pie-making:

  1. OXO Good Grips Hand Pastry Blender
  2. Aluminum Scoops
  3. Ateco French Rolling Pin
  4. Pyrex Glass 9-inch Pie Plate
  5. Angostura Bitters
  6. Tablecraft Dough Scraper
  7. Waring Immersion Blender
  8. Westmark Cherry Pitter
  9. Apple Peeler with Vacuum Base
  10. Ceramic Pie Weights
  11. Machinist Apron
  12. Swissmar Silicone Brush
  13. Tableware 8-Quart Stainless Steel Mixing Bowl

You can find full descriptions of these items on Amazon and other online retailers.