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Tips for Perfect Pie Crusts

For Use With Any Recipe for Perfect Pie Crusts


Make sure you have plenty of ice or whipped cream to go with your warm pie.

Cranberries and Apples are an outstanding flavor combination.

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  • For Flaky Perfect Pie Crusts:
    Make you pie crust with ice water.

  • To Prevent a Soggy Bottom Crust:
    1. Never Bake a Pie on a Rainy Day.
    2. Pre-bake the crust. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Place in a 425 degree oven on the lowest rack for 5 or so minutes. Move the crust up to the middle rack and bake for another 6 to 7 minutes. Pust the center down with a fork if necessary or use pie weights*. If the edges of the crust become brown, cover edges with foil. After cooking the whole pie, cool on a wire rack.

  • To Prevent a Tough Crust on Perfect Pie Crusts:
    Don't over handle the dough.

  • For a Nice Glaze on Perfect Pie Crusts:
    Brust with either egg whites, yolks or milk.

  • To Patch Tears Unbaked Perfect Pie Crusts:
    Brush pie shell with water and then gently apply scraps of rolled dough.

  • To Stop Pies from Leaking Through the Bottom Crust:
    Sprinkle sugar on bottom of pie or brush with slightly beaten raw egg.

Pie Recipes to Use with Perfect Pie Crusts

Apple Pie a la Zing
Blueberry Pie
Cherry Pie
Lemon Chess Pie
Pecan Pie
Even More Pie Recipes
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