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Solutions to Common Baking Problems at Home, Part 3: Problematic Pies

Solutions to Common Baking Problems at Home, Part 3: Problematic Pies

Pies are priceless during the holiday season, and are extremely versatile. Fill them with fruit, cream or even meat, and they are a treat to be remembered. If you bake pies in your home, you know that they can be a challenge to get right every time. If you find that your pies turn out crumbly or messy, you may need to alter some of your processes to get the best results. Follow these suggestions to get the pie crust just right for the perfect holiday indulgence.

A golden brown pie with a design

Problem: Pie dough is too crumbly.If you prefer soft, flakey dough and consistently get crumbly dough, the dough mixture probably lacks water or includes too much shortening.
Solution: Be sure to follow the recipe to the letter, or if there is still a problem, add a tablespoon of extra water to the recipe for added moisture in the dough.

Problem: Pie dough is too tough. Pie dough may turn out too tough or chewy rather than flakey and soft.
Solution: Avoid over-mixing the pie dough. Mix until the dough is just moistened and homogenous. Then, be sure the oven is set to the proper temperature so that the dough cooks thoroughly without leaving raw or soggy places on the bottom of the pan.

Poking holes in the top crust of pie

Problem: Pie filling boils out of the crust. If your pie filling constantly seems to bubble over the edges of the pie, you may have an excess build-up of steam inside your pie.
Solution: When filling your pie shell, be sure the filling is cool, and be careful not to overfill. If there is too much filling, heating it will often make is bubble up and leak out, especially if the top crust is not properly sealed. Additionally, be sure to slice or poke a few vents in the top of the pie for steam to escape.

Use these tips the next time you attempt to put together a homemade pie in your home kitchen. With pies, it is essential to get the pie crust right. This provides a solid foundation for the rest of the pie. These tips should provide a helpful starting place to achieve the kind of pie you want for your special occasion, holiday or just because.

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