Secrets For The Perfect Pie
Pies are so beloved, there’s even a National Pie Day. But you don’t need a holiday to make a pie. Pies are an ideal dessert any time of the year. In some households, they aren’t even relegated to an after-meal treat.
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- Start with a terrific recipe. Check out Our Deer’s pie recipes for scrumptious, unique pies.
- For a flaky pie crust, a pastry cutter works best. Cut the ingredients until the flour and shortening mixture has balls slightly smaller than the size of tiny peas.
- When adding water to the crust ingredients, make sure it’s ice cold. Butter or shortening should also be chilled in the freezer before making the dough.
- A little lemon juice or vinegar makes the crust more tender.
- Choose your ingredients carefully. Shortening and lard give a flakier crust, while butter makes the crust more flavorful.
- Don’t work the crust dough too much. Use a food processor to help keep the ingredients colder and mix until the dough just sticks together. Working it any longer will make the crust tougher.
- Chill the dough before rolling it out, and once more before filling it or baking it.
- Use the right pan: Glass or dull-metal work best.
- To make a pie that slides right out of the pan (whole or in slices), spray the pie pan with a little nonstick vegetable shortening, or grease and flour it.
- Avoid glazes. Although they look pretty, they are tough and seal in the excess moisture of the filling.
- To prevent a soggy bottom crust, brush with egg white or melted chocolate and refrigerate for about 15 minutes before filling the crust.
- To thicken fruit pies without changing their flavor, use potato starch. High acid fillings (such as cherries) do better with a little quick-cooking tapioca.
- To improve the flavor of fruit pies, macerate the fruit, boil, and reduce the resulting juices for use in the pie.
- To avoid over-browning the crust, cover the edges with foil after the first 15 minutes of baking.
- If a double layer pie’s crust is browning too quickly, cover it with foil in which you’ve cut a hole or slits that allow steam to escape.
- If your meringue pie will need to sit around for a bit, try four or five marshmallows cut into pieces into it, just before spreading.
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