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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Cobbler vs pie?

How is a Southern U.S. style "peach cobbler" different from "peach pie"? It seems to use pie crust rather than buscuit dough, and it's a woven top, not cobblestones. I'll bet if I put the same ...
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Non-flaky non-crumble pie crust

For some reason everone seems to love the standard pie crusts and want to get it either flaky or crumbly. For me, both are equivalent to "dry and floury, and give me the same shills down my spine as ...
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When should I add diced vegetables to a pie, and how long to cook them for?

Earlier this week I cooked my first meat & potato pie. It was quite good, however I felt that it lacked a little depth, and also seemed like a meager portion for the amount of meat that I used. I ...
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Key Lime Pie Filling - Thins out after pumping

Key Lime pie filling thickens once the lime juice is added to the sweetened condensed milk and allowed to sit. Why does the filling thin out when it is pumped and require static hold time to thicken ...
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Use chia seeds to help thicken a pot pie

Can I put chia seeds in a pot pie filling to help thicken it? If so, how would I do it? (i.e., how much chia seeds, how much cornstarch, do I need to pre-soak, etc.) Edit: It was this recipe, and it ...
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Making a decent pie crust?

I have tried many pie crust recipes, it either sticks to the cutting board or rolling pin. I've even tried wax paper or plastic wrap with a generous amount of flour and it still sticks. If I'm lucky ...
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How deep is a deep pie dish, traditionally?

I have a recipe for a game pie, circa. 1973. It calls for a "deep pie dish". Searching online for one to buy, I find deep pie dishes with different depths, and breadths. Typical pie dishes seem to ...
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What regular product can replace Philadelphia cooking creme in a chicken pie recipe?

This is the recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/220694/philly-chicken-pot-pie/ It's perfect because it's so simple, except I don't like the "cooking creme", which is an unappetizing concoction of ...
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How do you make pie with Citron watermelon (not just the rind)?

Citron watermelon (AKA Pie Melon, Tsamma, and Colorado Preserving Melon) is said to be useful for making pies, preserves, jam, pickles and such. It is not used for fresh eating, typically, and is hard ...
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Reheated half a cherry pie in the oven. Accidentally left it in said oven overnight [duplicate]

Is it still safe to eat? It was cooked the other day, reheated last night, and left in the oven until 4:30, turned off of course.
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can i blend up concord grapes seed and all for a pie?

I am making a Concord Grape pie and was thinking of blending the grapes in a Vita Mix seeds and all then cook the mix according to the recipe, has anyone done this?
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How much cream should I make for my mini Oreo cream pies?

I'm making mini cream pies, in custard cups, and I just need to know how much cream to make to fill them all.
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Can I put a layer of almond paste in my tart that will not be baked?

All the recipes I'm finding are for pies where you put the layer of thinly rolled almond paste on the pie shell, add the filling and then bake. I'm wanting to blind bake my pie shell, lay down the ...
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Can I use baking powder to replace cream of tartar [closed]

I need cream of tartar to make a special apple pie,but I have none can you tell me the correct substitute I need a proper answer The pie is called cracker apple pie the crust is made of crackers
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Pie Crust — Cutting to mix

Why is cutting in butter the right way to make pastry dough?
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Help making Montgomery Pie layer properly

When it comes to "putting the pie together" before baking, the recipe handed down by my great aunt states to pour liquid in bottom of uncooked pie shell, THEN "spread" topping on top of pie. How in ...
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Consistently getting cannoli shells off their molds easily

When I fry cannoli shells, I find that about a quarter of them -- apparently at random -- stick to their molds so that they are hard or impossible to remove without breaking. The two tactics I use to ...
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How to sweeten ganache for a chocolate lining

I'd like a chocolate lining in a banana cream pie, very similar to this recipe. However, I notice in the final pie that the chocolate lining is a little on the bitter side. What is a good way to ...
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Freezing an apple pie

I took out an unbaked apple pie from the freezer, thawed it out and baked it. I was wondering if I could refreeze it now.
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How can I safely re-heat a chicken pie without burning the crust?

Last night I made a chicken pie with ham, cheese and other awesomeness inside. However, I'm worried about re-heating it safely for consumption. I estimate there are two servings (so today's and ...
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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, but 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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Do I have to use oil when making pie crust?

This easy pie crust recipe from cooks.com calls for flour, oil, salt and milk. When you make this crust can you substitute the oil for eggs or something like that, or is oil the best thing to use?
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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. ...