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Helpful Hints for Baking Pies

Updated on April 6, 2018
All our pies are pumpkin here.
All our pies are pumpkin here.

My experiences with pies

Growing up my favorite dessert was pumpkin pie. While I enjoyed cakes, My grandfather used to say, "All our pies are pumpkin here."

Actually, my taste buds just went crazy for the taste of a good pie crust and my other grandfather made it flaky and just right. He made the pies for Thanksgiving.

My Dad didn't like the crust of a pie and would eat from the crust to the middle in order to have the best taste last. I was the opposite. Even though I liked the fillings, especially pumpkin custard, the final taste I wanted to savor was the crust.

Tips

Here are some helpful hints for making a good pie.

separate egg yokes from whites with emply plastic bottle then let whites get room temperatrure.
separate egg yokes from whites with emply plastic bottle then let whites get room temperatrure.

Egg Whites

Egg whites need to be at room temperature for greater volume when whipped. This is the secret to a fluffy meringue. Another favorite of mine was Lemon meringue pie.

Use a pop bottle to separate egg yokes from whites by squeezing the bottle over the top and releasing to pull the yoke up into the bottle. Then drop yoke into another bowl.

roll pie dough between plastic wrap
roll pie dough between plastic wrap

Making Crust

When preparing several batches of pie dough, roll the dough out between sheets of plastic wrap. Stake the discs in a square box or square keeper, and keep the container in the freezer. Next time you are making pie, pull out the required crusts.

Scalloped Pie Dough
Scalloped Pie Dough
Using a fork on pie dough.
Using a fork on pie dough.

Fluting Crust

When fluting the edge of a pie crust, you can use different tools to get different effects. Use a spoon to get a scalloped edge. Use a fork to get a crossover or herringbone pattern. To get sharp peaks, use a can opener.

Use the tool for opening canned milk to form sharp edges on pie dough.
Use the tool for opening canned milk to form sharp edges on pie dough.

Storing Strawberries

Keep strawberries fresh for up to ten days by refrigerating them unwashed in a Tupperware™ or Rubbermade™ container between layers of paper towels.™

Citrus Peel

When using citrus peel, you will find that pieces of peel will stick to your grater. You can remove them from the grater by using a clean toothbrush and add the retrieved peel to your recipe.

Place your pie plate on a cake stand when placing the pie dough in it and fluting the edges. The cake stand will make it easier to turn the pie plate without having to bend over.

Source

Cutting Butter into Flour

To cut butter into flour for pastry dough, it is easier if you cut small pieces into the dough before you add to the flour.

Use melon baller to core a pear.
Use melon baller to core a pear.

Paring a Pear

When making a pear pie, cut the peeled pear in half. Use a melon baller to remove the core and then drag it to the top of the pear to remove the interior stem.
I find it easier to use an apple corer or prepare my apples for apple pies. I then remove the skin from the outer edge and cut the slices in half.

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