Now that the weather is getting more chilly, it's time to turn on your oven and bake some treats!
Here are 5 tips to make the best pies ever!
Keep it Cool!
- For the best flaky crust, cold butter is the key!
- Chill the dough after mixing to ensure the flour absorbs the liquids
- After rolling out the doll in the pan, chill before placing in the oven, this will prevent the dough from shrinking in the oven
- Try to handle the dough with your hands as little as possible!
- The warmth from your hands and fingers will melt
- When rolling out, use as little flour as possible
- The dough will absorb excess flour making it tougher
- Use a pastry brush to lightly dust off excess flour
- To get the perfect crust, start it with initial high temperature then a reduced temperature for remainder of baking
- Many recipes such as custard or cream filled pies also require the crust to be pre-baked
- For double-crust pies, cut slits in the top crust or get creative with fun designs to release steam from the filling
Let it Set
- The filling will need time to set or else the pie will be running when you cut into it
- Bake the pie well in advance of when you plan to serve it
- If you want to serve the pie warmed up, loosely tent it with foil and heat in a preheated oven at 300F for about 15 minutes