Questions about preparing, baking and troubleshooting pies (sweet or savory). Pies are a baked dish of a flaky pastry crust surrounding a filling. They vary greatly in size.

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Frozen store-bought pie crust

I have a store-bought frozen pie crust but no directions. Do I need to do anything to the crust (pre-bake?) to use it for a pumpkin pie?
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Can I use sweetened condensed milk instead of evaporated milk for pumpkin pie

The recipe calls for evaporated milk... I only have sweetened condensed can I use it instead.
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Reliable Cookie-to-Butter Ratio for Crumb Crusts

I'm trying to find a general and reliable Cookie-to-Butter ratio (or weights) that I can use when I make crumb crusts for no-bake pies. My old baking textbook, On Baking: A Textbook of Baking & ...
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How to stop oil separating from cheese

I cooked something yesterday similar to a potato Gratin using a cheese sauce. I noticed afterwards that the oil from the cheese had separated and after serving it up, there was a pool of orangey oil ...
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Are there special considerations for making a pie with the express intention of freezing?

This past weekend we visited Rodale farm's organic apple festival, and we spent all of yesterday canning. We also have several peaches from making a batch of fruit ketchup. We still have about 1/4 a ...
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What is the difference between custard pie and custard tart?

What's the difference between a custard pie and a custard tart? I looked at "Pie" vs "Tart"?, but it doesn't really answer my question as a custard pie does not really have a lid. ...
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Nonsoggy spinich pie with frozen spinach

The base recipe for my spinach pie (rough recipe I don't have a book) is 500g spinach 250g Feta cheese 250g Cheddar cheese 1 bunch of spring onions 1.5 - 3 eggs (for binding) Baked into 2 large ...
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How do you get this pie top?

So I made a pecan pie, which turned out delicious. However I was not a fan of the top of the pie. How would I go about getting a top like that? How is this done in general?
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making pie crust using oil or not

in making the easy pie crust, it calls for oil. When you make the crust can you substitute the oil for eggs or something like that or is oil the best thing to use when making pie crust. I know that ...
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Why use boiling water in a shoofly pie?

I made a shoofly pie using the recipe from Joy of Cooking. That recipe instructed to mix 1 cup of boiling water into the mixture (of eggs and molasses) before pouring into the pie shell. Why boiling ...
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Substitutions for Wheat Flour in Pie Crust

I am trying not to use wheat flour in my pie crust but nothing seems to come close to the flaky crust I get with wheat. I tried all oat and cashew flour and the crust was more like a crumbly crust if ...
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What is the enzyme that makes apples's pectin heat resistant? And can it be added to other fruits to achieve similar results?

In some recipes for apple and cherry pie, it is suggested to pre-cook the filling at low temperature in order to make pectin heat resistant and so preserve the shape and structure of the fruit. This ...
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How to set cookie crumbs

When a receipe uses cookie crumbs mixed with melted butter for a base, it usually requires it to go into the oven for about 10 minutes. I am wondering why it needs to go into the oven as opposed to ...
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pie pan question

I need to prepare and bake two pecan pies to sell, so will need to deliver in disposable aluminum pans. Is it best to set the disposable pans into heavier, dark pans for best baking results? Will ...
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What is the effect of adding eggs to a pastry dough?

As I understand it, making dough is really the process of hydrating flour so that a gluten network can be formed and the dough structure emerges. Pastry dough usually adds butter in order both to ...
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How close to the top should I fill a pie to avoid overflow?

I'm planning a pot-pie recipe in a casserole dish and was wondering how high I should fill it without worrying about it overflowing during cooking. A traditional vented pie crust will completely ...
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Too much heavy cream in my pumpkin pie?

I followed the recipe below but I'm concerned that it seems like a lot of cream - it's very runny. I've already mixed it up, poured one pie, and have a ton of mixture left - probably enough for 6 more ...
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steam vs. bake a sugar pumpkin

Which is the best way to cook a sugar pumpkin for pumpkin puree? I've read that you can either steam or bake it, but which way yields the best taste and texture for a pie or other pumpkin treats?
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Is it possible to make transparent / translucent pastry?

I'm looking for something that works like pastry (malleable before baking, rigid after baking, mild unobtrusive flavour) that is transparent or translucent. The idea is to use for topping savoury ...
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Freezing an unbaked pie

I combined sugar and flour and mixed with frozen blackberries and placed in unbaked pie crust, dotted with butter and froze. Will this turn out all right when I bake it?
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What is the purpose of pie weights?

Some pie recipes call for placing weights on the pastry when it is cooked prior to the addition of fillings. Why is this necessary? What effect does it have?
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Could you use other liquors than vodka in pie dough?

Cook's Illustrated has developed a recipe for pie dough that substitutes vodka for some of the water, making dough mixable but developing less gluten (tough pastry). It works! Has anyone tried using ...
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Why let your pie cool instead of eating it hot?

I like most of my foods nice and hot. Is there a culinary reason for waiting for your pie to cool before serving? Or is it just to prevent burns?
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Creating a recipe for a glazed fruit pie - what starch to use?

I am assembling a recipe for a glazed fruit pie, refrigerated and not cooked. The glaze will be made from a starch which will be boiled with water and sugar, poured over berries in a jelly roll pan ...
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Lighter texture for chocolate pie

I've used the recipe below to make chocolate pie a few times recently: 1 c heavy cream 1/2 milk 8-10 oz chocolate 2 tbsp sugar pinch salt 2 eggs Heat the milk/cream over low ...
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Making meat pies for the freezer

I realise a 'pie' may mean different things to different people. In my case it's chicken mushroom and tarragon pie with shorcrust pastry base and a top fully enclosing the filling. If i'm eating the ...
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Is there anything special about “homogenized” shortening?

I'm interested in trying to make this "water whip" pie crust. Unlike a typical pie crust where lard/butter/shortening is cut into the flour, the shortening is apparently melted and whipped before the ...
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Do I need to bake my pre-made pie crust?

The objective was to quickly put together a banoffee pie without going through making the pie crust. But this store bought Graham cracker pie crust comes with some confusing instructions a t the ...
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When is is necessary to par bake a pie crust?

I am making small pies (in muffin tins!) for a party. I plan on pre-cooking the filling (ground beef and veggies), then finishing the pies at the location. Would it be helpful (either for transport ...
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Should I peel Boskoop apples for a pie?

We have the question about peeling apples for a pie, and the accepted answer is "depends on the apple". I seldom make desserts involved baked apples, so I am not well versed in the baking cultivars. ...
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Pie VS Tart VS Quiche

Pi day is coming up quickly! What are the technical differences between pie, tart and quiche? Tarts are sweet. Here are my observation so far: Pies can be either sweet or savoury. Quiches must ...
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How long does the cream in a freshly baked chicken pie last for?

I am planning on baking a chicken pie that contains double cream tonight and serving it two days later. How long does the cream in the freshly baked pie last for? Do you think it will be still okay ...
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at what temperature should apple-choco pie be prepared?

I have done this in the past but didn't really get the pie to turn out like I expect. I am wondering if I am not cooking it at the correct temperature since all the other aspects of the apple-choco ...
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Making real soured milk - what sort of lactobacillus culture to get?

I am looking to make an antique recipe (amish milk pie) which calls for thick soured milk. I can get my hands on raw milk, but it's iffy whether or not it will have the correct lactobacillus present ...
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Why would pumpkin pie form a clear custard layer?

My PA Dutch grandma's pumpkin pie always had a thin layer of custard on the bottom. We have her recipe but none of us has been able to get the filling to separate... Anyone have any idea what might ...
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Chocolate Cream Pie using coconut cream or Coconut milk?

Can I substitute coconut milk or coconut cream for milk in a chocolate cream pie?
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How can two pies made and baked identically have differing flavor qualities?

Two pies were baked at the same time, in the same oven, on the same cookie sheet. They seemed to be equally close to the center of the oven. There was a third pie on the rack beneath them. That pie ...
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How can I get my cream pie to set?

I have made a coconut cream pie and after being in the fridge overnight, it did not set up. Is there anything I can do now to get it to firm up? The coconut flakes are already in it, so I don't think ...
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Double key lime pie filling and increase from 9“ to 10” shell, new baking time?

I want to double the key lime pie recipe and put it in a 10 inch pie crust instead of a 9 inch pie crust. How much do I have to increase the baking time? The pie has a graham crust.
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How to avoid fluffy pumpkin pie [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I make my pumpkin pie thicker? The pumpkin pie of my childhood was very dense, not like almost all pies I find today. I have tried a few recipes that claim to ...
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Chocolate Chip Key Lime Pie? [closed]

I made Key Lime Pie the other day for the first time and was amazed how easy it was to do so. When I took ingredients out of the cupboard I saw a bag of chocolate mini morsels hiding from me in ...
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Where did the idea of using alcohol in pie crust come from?

Back in 2008, Good Eats showed a recipe for pie crust which included distilled alcohol. In 2009, America's Test Kitchen showed a recipe for blueberry pie which also used alcohol in the crust. In both ...
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What was wrong with my Ohio Shaker Lemon Pie?

Last Thanksgiving I tried a pie from the Joy of Cooking that sounded amazing. Called an Ohio Shaker Lemon Pie it consisted of lemons sliced paper thin and macerated in sugar. This recipe is similar. ...
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Can I make a latticed cream pie (no-bake filling)?

I want to experiment with a cream pie with a nonbaked filling (containing whipped cream, thickened with gelatine - basically a flavored diplomat cream). But for aesthetical reasons, as well as a ...
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Can I substitute olive oil for butter/shortening in pie crust?

I was making a pie the other day -- a mock apple pie*, to be exact, which is unusual enough. But I came up short on butter and don't keep any shortening stocked in my kitchen. Desperate, I searched ...
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How to make a lattice pie crust?

I just made a lattice pie crust for the first time. The best I can say about it is that it wasn't a total disaster. So I would like to know what is the proper way to make it. How much dough do I ...
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What adjustments are needed to change a pie recipe to a turnover recipe?

I want to make turnovers (e.g. a similar product is popular at McDonalds), instead of pie in a pan. Is this simply a matter of making a dumpling-shape with the dough, and then putting the fruit ...
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Why and when do you need to dock dough?

When making a pie, you almost always have to make holes in the dough with a fork. This is called docking. What is the exact reason for doing this? Are there kinds of pastry (puff, short crust, flaky) ...
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Adapting graham cracker crust to all-natural graham crackers

Popular recipes for graham cracker pie crust are generally based on Nabisco Honey Maid or similar mass-market, not-really-graham-flour-crackers. Example recipe (American measurements): 1.5 cups ...
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Why do short pie bases require chilling before baking?

I understand why the dough should be chilled before forming it into the pie dish/pan, but often I see recipes wanting the formed base covered with wrap and put in the fridge for 20 minutes before ...