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If you have ever prepared a pie crust that had to be baked in the oven before you added the filling you were “blind baking.” Recipes that call for blind baking include something like a lemon chiffon pie or a chocolate cream pie. These pies require a cooked crust but these fillings do not need to be baked. Fruit pies also work best with a pre-baked crust because if they were cooked at the same…

After making a beautiful, fresh, homemade pumpkin pie, you may indulge in a few slices right away but then be left with the remaining pie. You are definitely going to want more later! So what is the best way to store pumpkin pie? Let’s find out! Take a look at this article to learn exactly how to store pumpkin pie to ensure that it stays fresh and delicious. What Is a Custard Pie? There are…

Pies are delightful any time of the year, but my favorite time is summer, when fresh fruit is in season. Strawberry-rhubarb, blueberry, or cherry….there isn’t a pie my family and friends don’t love. But there’s nothing worse than making the perfect pie crust only to have the bottom get soggy when baked with a fruit filling. Suddenly the tasty treat you’ve been looking forward to has turned into a big baking fail. You can avoid…

No matter what time of year it is, it’s always time for pastry! Berry tarts, a delicate pastry with custard cream, or a lattice apple pie – all are favorites with my family. And to make a delicious pastry treat, you need the perfect dough. But this is where things can sometimes go wrong. For me, pastry sometimes cracks when rolling out the dough. Is it too much flour or not enough shortening? Or maybe…

Making a pie crust with shortening is a classic way to ensure you have a soft flaky crust. But what if you don’t have any shortening on hand? Or maybe you just don’t want to use shortening and are wondering if there is another way. No one wants to give up that amazing texture that shortening provides but don’t worry, there are many ways to make a great pie crust without shortening! Why Skip Shortening…

Flaky, buttery, melt in your mouth pie crust….nothing can beat it! Every pie needs a perfect pie crust but what are you to do when you are missing some necessary pie crust ingredients? Well, don’t get too distressed about the future of your pie- it will be just fine! There are plenty of ways to make a great pie crust even when you do not have the typical ingredients. Where’s The Fat? Butter is typically…

When reading different recipes for pie crusts, you may have come across a few that suggest using pie weights…what exactly does that mean? Why do you need to weigh down your pie? And, most importantly, is this a direction you can just skip or will there be terrible baking repercussions? I can answer all of those questions for you while we learn all about pie weights and if they are worth purchasing. Par Baking When…

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