Pie Baking Tips and Tricks
Ever bake a pie, only for it to explode all over you? Probably not, but baking a pie can still require skill. The most common mistakes are to burn it or to have the filling dripping out the sides. Here are five pie tips and tricks that will help you make your Christmas pies.
1. If you find that your pie is starting to burn, but it is not cooked all the way through (the crust is turning black but the pie filling is not bubbling) then here is what you should do. Take your pie out of the oven and put foil over your pie. This should keep the heat trapped inside so your pie can cook without burning.
2. With any pie you are baking, it is best to put it on a cookie sheet before putting it in the oven. This will make sure that any pie drips do not get all over your oven.
3. Fluting a pie means to fold and decorate the crust edges. This is a hard thing for anyone to do unless you have had lots of practice, and let’s face it; none of us really have had a lot of practice. An easy way to flute your pie is to use a fork. Simply hold the fork and press the tines along the pie crust. This will make your pie look nice without all the hard work.
4. Another cool way to flute your pie crust is to use a teaspoon. It’s like fluting it with a fork, but you use a spoon instead. This will give your pie a more professional look.
5. I am sure you have seen a pie getting cut or have cut one yourself. One of those times, you or someone else cut it and the filling slid out into the empty space where the piece of pie once was. To keep this from happening, you need to let your pie sit overnight. This lets the pie filling settle. If you like warm pie, pop your piece in the microwave for a bit. Depending on the filling, it is okay to eat warm, fresh pie without its innards spilling out.
I hope these tips and tricks are helpful to your pie baking experience. Just remember that pie baking can be tricky business, so if you bake a pie and don’t get it right the first time, know that you aren’t the only one with a messy oven or a crust with holes. Be safe and have a Merry Christmas!