A porcelain pie dish that’s as strong as it is beautiful

Pillivuyt Patisserie Clafouti or Pie Dish.
Pillivuyt Patisserie Clafouti or Pie Dish.Pillivuyt

Pillivuyt has produced culinary porcelain in its factory in the medieval town of Mehun-sur-Yevre in central France for two centuries. Throughout the ages, the firm’s collections of dinnerware, bakers, and roasters with inventive designs have grown. In 2005, they developed Pillenium, a unique type of porcelain that appears as elegant as fine china, but stronger and chip-resistant. It’s thinner than traditional porcelain pieces but conducts heat well and is microwavable. Pillivuyt’s striking ruffled Patisserie Clafouti or Pie Dish is useful for holiday baking ($44). At 8 inches wide and 2 inches deep, it makes an eye-catching dessert. Since the baker is so deep, toss in an extra apple or handful of berries — there’s no risk of spilling over and burning on the bottom of the oven. It might take a few more minutes for the fruit juices to bubble energetically and the crust to turn golden. Use it also as a cake pan. Available at Didriks, 77 Leonard St., Belmont, 617-467-4847 and www.didriks.com, or go to www.pillivuytusa.com. ANN TRIEGER KURLAND

Ann Trieger Kurland can be reached at anntrieger@gmail.com.