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Easy, No-Roll Brown Butter Pie Crust

No-Roll Brown Butter Pie Crust

Pie crusts are some of the most challenging things for bakers to master. Or, perhaps, they’re some of the most intimidating. A good pie crust should be crisp and tender, with a flaky crumb that withstands the moisture from pie fillings (at least for the first day or so). While it can be done very quickly once you have experience, the process of cutting the ... Read More »

How to Use A Pastry Blender

How to Use A Pastry Blender

A pastry blender is a kitchen tool with metal tines that allows you to cut butter, or other fats, into flour quickly and easily. The tines are curved, so you can use the tool right in your mixing bowl, and they are attached to a handle that makes it very easy to grip. Pie crust, scones and other flaky pastries can all be made with ... Read More »

What is the Best Way to Cut Butter into Flour?

What is the Best Way to Cut Butter into Flour?

Whether you are making a quick batch of scones or preparing pie dough, there are many recipes that require you to cut butter into flour. Cutting the butter into flour is an essential step for producing a tender, flaky pastry – but it is also a step that intimidates a lot of bakers who haven’t had much experience with the technique. There are several methods ... Read More »

How to Prevent a Pie Crust from Overbrowning

How to Avoid Overbrowning a Pie Crust

The edges of a pie crust are always at risk for overbrowning, especially when it comes to pies that are blind baked before the filling is added to them. The edges of a pie crust are often a bit closer to the heat source of the oven than other parts of the pie and they are not buffered by a filling or a pie plate, ... Read More »

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 »

Autumn Leaf Pie Crust Cutter

Autumn Leaf Pie Crust Cutter

A beautifully decorated pie crust can turn a good dessert into a memorable one. You can improve the look of your pies by carefully fluting the crust, or by using small cutouts to add some flair to the top of the pastry. It typically takes a bit of practice to turn out a perfect looking pie, but the results are worth the wait. If you ... Read More »

Buttermilk Pie Crust

Buttermilk Pie Crust

Most pie crusts are made with flour, butter and water, with a pinch of salt and sugar to add a little bit of additional flavor. The three basic ingredients change in proportion from recipe to recipe, but they are rarely replaced. This Buttermilk Pie Crust is a departure from my “usual” pie crust recipe because it uses buttermilk instead of water to bind the ingredients ... Read More »

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