If your homemade pies fall flat all too often, you’re in desperate need of this handy little item. Le Creuset’s Pie Birds will make sure your pastry doesn’t fall flat and stays crispy – just the way you want it. All you need to do is place the bird in the centre of your dish and add your pastry lid around the bird (so that its beak peeks through the top of the pastry). This keeps your pastry suspended and allows any steam to escape through the hollow beak. Easy as pie! The Le Creuset Pie Birds retail at R78 each and are available in a range of colours. They are guaranteed for five years and are safe for use in the oven, microwave or under the grill. They are also dishwasher and freezer safe. For more information, visit lecreuset.co.za.