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How to Roll Out A Pie Crust Between Sheets of Wax Paper

How to Roll Out A Pie Crust Between Sheets of Wax Paper

Many people are slightly apprehensive about working with pie dough. It isn’t because pie dough is difficult to make – in fact, it is actually quite easy – but rather because pie crusts can be difficult to roll out. To roll out a pie crust successfully, you need a rolling pin, a flat surface and something to prevent the crust from sticking. It also helps ... Read More »

6 Ways to Add Flavor to a Graham Cracker Crust

6 Ways to Customize a Graham Cracker Crust

Graham cracker crusts are fantastic with many different pie fillings, from pumpkin to chocolate cream. They’re easy to make and there are even no-bake versions┬áthat you can use with no-bake fillings. The problem with graham cracker crusts is that they can get boring after a while because they all taste the same. Fortunately, it is easy to make a few small changes and completely turn ... Read More »

What is blind baking?

Blind Baking

Blind baking is a term used to describe the process of pre-baking a pie or tart crust before it has been filled. Blind baking crusts can be partially baked before filling or baked completely, depending on the pie recipe you are using. There are a couple of reasons that a pie crust might need to be blind baked. The first is that some pie fillings ... Read More »

How to make a pie crust in the food processor (video)

Food processor Crust

A homemade crust can turn a good pie into an amazing one, delivering more flavor and a lighter, flakier texture than a store-bought crust can. It can be intimidating to make a pie crust from scratch when you have to do it by hand, however, and many people will opt out of homemade pie crusts just because they worry about screwing it up. If you ... Read More »

How to roll out pie dough (video)

Rolling out pie dough

There are two things that would be pie-bakers find to be intimidating: making the pie dough and then rolling it out. The technique used for making pie dough – cutting butter/shortening in to a flour mixture – is used for many types of baked goods, including scones and biscuits. The technique for rolling out pie dough is really only used for making pies. Fortunately, if ... Read More »

What kind of pie plate is the best?

Pie plate stack

Pie plates are usually made of one of three materials: metal, ceramic or glass. Metal pie pans range from thin, disposable aluminum pans that might come with a store-bought graham cracker crust to heavy duty steel pans. Glass pie pans, which includes Pyrex brand plates, and ceramic pans are typically thicker and heavier than metal pans. There are so many pie plates to choose from, ... Read More »

How to prebake a pie crust

Prebaking a pie crust

When you are baking a fruit pie, the filling usually goes into a pie plate lined with uncooked pie dough and everything bakes together. There are quite a few types of pies out there – including many cream pies – that call for a prebaked pie shell without giving you much instruction on how to get the pie crust baked. Prebaking a pie crust is ... Read More »

How to keep a pie crust from shrinking

Imperfect Pie Crust

When you put the effort into making a homemade pie crust for a Caramel Banana Cream Pie or other recipe that calls for a prebaked crust, it can be very disappointing if the crust that you worked so hard to make shrinks and gives your pie a less-than-perfect presentation. There are two ways that pie crusts can shrink and a couple of things that you ... Read More »

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