Pie Tips

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

Hands Off

  • Try to handle the dough with your hands as little as possible!
  • The warmth from your hands and fingers will melt 

Flour Lightly

  • 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 

Perfect Crust

  • 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