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How To Bake The World's Easiest Pie For Beginners!

Updated on January 7, 2013
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So You Never Made A Pie Before? It's Easy If You Know These Tips!

Pie was one of the most challenging desserts I learned to bake as a young cook! It just intimidated the heck out of me! If I had only known just a few simple tips, it would have been SO much easier!

In this lens, I'm going to show you the very simplest way to make a pie that will not only taste but look superb! There's nothing complicated to it at all.

If you want to impress your significant other or your guests at dinner, just dust a little flour on yourself and muss your hair a bit. I won't tell if you won't!

The colored apple and leaves are made by adding a drop of food coloring to a bit of pie crust and molding it into the shapes you want, or using a cookie cutter to cut out shapes.

For Fruit Pies...

If you're using a 9" or larger pie plate, you will need 2 cans of pie filling for a nice full pie. Don't heap the filling over the top level of the pie plate, but do fill it full. Place the pie on top of a cookie sheet while baking to collect spillovers.

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      Let's Make Some Pie Magic! - Here's What You'll Need...

      One 9" glass pie plate (Pyrex or a similar choice)

      One package of Pillsbury (or store brand) rolled refrigerated pie crust (will come in a package of two)

      Plain table sugar or Demarara sugar

      Filling for your pie - two regular cans or one extra large can. We're doing prepared filling for your first pie - baby steps!

      Having a pie server to cut and serve the pie is nice.

      1. Two hours before you want to serve the pie, remove the pie crust package from the fridge. Take the wrapped rolls out, set them on the counter, and don't open them or anything. Just let them set out and warm to room temp for at least half an hour. If you try doing it cold, you'll rip it to shreds.
      2. Set your new washed pie plate on the counter in front of you. Open your first roll of pie crust. Gently pick up the edge and start to unroll it. When you get it unrolled, place it centered in your pie plate. Leave the edges flopping over the sides.
      3. Take a silicone spatula to remove every bit of your pie filling from the can into your pie crust. Spread it around evenly.
      4. Open and unroll the second crust. Gently lay it on top of the filling, centered over the pie. Taking your index finger and thumb of both hands, put your index fingers under the lower crust edge and lift it slightly. Now holding both crusts between your finger and thumb, fold the top crust over the bottom crust and squish them together gently while pressing down slightly. It's kind of a pickup, tuck-under, press motion. Continue all the way around your edge until entire edge is sealed.
      5. Make a pretty design with a fork or sharp knife if you want to. It's your masterpiece - feel free to sign it! I always like to draw whatever fruit it is. If you don't want to add a design, you will need to add at least a few good knife slits to allow the pie's steam to vent while baking.
      6. Now for the "magic" - that touch that takes your pie from humdrum to "wow!" Splash one hand with a little water and pat it on top of the top crust, all over. Now while it's wet, generously sprinkle the whole top of the pie with sugar. You can use plain sugar, or you can use Demarara sugar which is a very light brown, larger crystal sugar and simply superb on baked goods! (You can get it at the big box store that starts with a "W" for sure, and probably lots of other places).
      7. Pop your pie into a 400 preheated oven. After 10 minutes of baking, reduce your oven to 350 and continue baking until your pie is a light golden brown on top. (Check it at 30 minutes).

        The best way I can tell you if you're pie is done? If it looks like pie delicious enough to eat, it's done! You'll know it when you see it.

      Putting On The Crust

      Putting On The Crust
      Putting On The Crust

      One Yummy Apple Pie!

      One Yummy Apple Pie!
      One Yummy Apple Pie!

      A Tip To Make Any Fruit Pie Tastier!

      After you put the filling in the crust, take a few pats of butter or margarine and dot them around evenly on the filling. It will make the filling taste richer.

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