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Helpful Hints for Baking Pies
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.
Here are some helpful hints for making a good pie.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Keep strawberries fresh for up to ten days by refrigerating them unwashed in a Tupperware™ or Rubbermade™ container between layers of paper towels.™
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.