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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An efficient way to zest key limes?

Due to my affinity for baked goods, I decided to try creating key lime pie filling from scratch. I've done so twice now using two recipes. The first of which calls for key lime zest as a primary ...
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How to transport several pies?

I want to bring 6 pies to work. Last month, I thought I found a solution - a 3-tiered plastic pie carrier. Now I can't find it online anywhere, though I could swear it was on Target.com. Anyone have ...
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Minced meat malaise

I've been cooking a Dutch pie lately, and the results are not very regular. Using the exact same ingredients (I'm trying to get the best minced meat, but that's hard), sometimes the minced meat ...
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Why do you need to cool the filling of a meat pie before adding to the pastry?

Sometimes I don't have time to cool the mixture before adding to my pastry but I can't see a major difference in outcome - the pastry does seem to be a bit more soggy when the mixture is not cooled ...
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How can I keep my blueberry pie firm without the flavor of corn starch?

In the summer, I often make a refrigerated blueberry pie. The recipe calls for a graham cracker crust, and you make the filling by cooking one pint of blueberries with one cup of sugar and 3 ...
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Can I partially bake a pie?

I am planning on making a pie for my dad for father's day. I know when you buy most pies at the grocery store, you have to pop it in the oven for a few minutes to heat it up. Is it possible to do a ...
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At what temperature should one bake a coconut crust for a Hershey Bar Pie?

Today I plan to bake a hershey bar pie. I have done this in the past but never really get the crust to turn out like I expect. I am wondering if I am not cooking it at the correct temperature since ...
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How to make an apple pie like KFC/McDonalds?

I'm trying to figure out to make an apple pie like KFC/McDonalds, something crispy and delicious, such as one of these: (above - McDonald's Apple Pie) (above - KFC Apple Pie) I do not want the ...
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Prevent the dough from “oxidizing”?

I was practicing and trying to make an apple pie depending on this source: http://allrecipes.com/howto/perfect-pie-crusts/detail.aspx In the Liquid section, it's said: "A little bit of acid--vinegar ...
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“Pie” vs “Tart”?

I've been told that there are some differences between a "pie" and a "tart". What's the difference, and when do I call it a pie, and when do I call it a tart? Sorry for my English!
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Why my apple pie is not crispy?

I made an apple pie, but it came out that the crust is thick and not crispy. Why? What should I do to fix it? For the crust, I used: 1 cup of flour Butter 1 egg 1/4 cup of sugar 1 teaspoon baking ...
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How to make apple pie stay intact

I made an apple pie just the other day, and everything came out fine. The only problem was that the filling didn't stick to the crust (home made butter crust if it makes a difference). Is there ...
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Why do they put the jelly-like substance in pork pies?

I don't like the jelly-like substance found in between the pastry and meat of pork pies, and I don't know anyone that does, so I was wondering why they put it in. Or is it a by-product of the ...
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How to use gelatin on fruit pie?

I feel very stupid for asking this, but I've never worked with gelatin. I know how to work with powder or sheets, if you put it in something like panna cotta. I also know there's an issue with gelatin ...
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How to make pie filling which tastes like yogurt icecream?

I have some ripe papayas and decided to create a new pie recipe with them. The papaya part turned out quite well. I used pureed papayas, dark sugar beet syrup, creme fraƮche, egg, and some cognac. The ...
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Can you help me get my cream pie filling stiff enough?

Everytime I make a pie, I get a different result as far as the stiffness of the pie. I am trying to perfect coconut cream pie (and other cream pies). I have been researching Shirley O, Corriher ...
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How to make a pie crust out of plantains?

I had heard of plantains, but never eaten them (or seen them). Today, there were green plantains available at the local supermarket, and I seized the chance and got a bunch. While various Internet ...
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What is seeping out of my key lime pie?

For Valentine's Day this year I attempted to make my wife a Key Lime Pie. I followed Emeril's recipe, with one small modification: I replaced the granulated sugar in the crust with a 1:1 ratio of ...
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Spicing a Two-Crust Carrot Pie [closed]

Following up this question: I made a two crust carrot pie by mincing the carrots with a small amount of apple, then boiling the fruit mix in some sugar/water/karo syrup. Added lemon juice to the ...
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How can I make my own small pie dishes and still cook pies effectively?

I need to make individual pies this week. I would usually use pre-bought tin foil containers, approximately 10cm diameter, 3cm high. I can't buy these anywhere near me and have left it too late for ...
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Carrot Pie: custard or stew?

So I have a plan to experiment with making a carrot pie. I can think of two approaches to this. One would be to create a custard. Carrots aren't very starchy, so that may be a bit of a problem, but ...
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How to season minced/ground goat

So I have about ten pounds of ground goat, ten pounds of goat sausage, and 2 racks of goat ribs. This is an ongoing supply, my folks keep meat goats so goat is cheap and plentiful. The meat isn't ...
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Can you freeze a Pecan Pie?

Can/should I freeze a pecan pie I plan to use 7 days after making?
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Can you make pie crust from cookie dough?

I recently bought several packs of frozen cookie dough, sugar cookie, and I wanted to know if it's possible to reshape them and make a pie crust? If so what is the technique involved: cooking ...
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Combining hot melted sugar with cold liquid ingredients

So I was making a corn-syrup-free pecan pie, and it called for a procedure that I've never seen before. To combine the liquids (milk, eggs, vanilla) with the solids (dark brown sugar, butter, flour) ...
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What is the ideal way to prepare (and the type of) beef for a homemade meat pie?

What is the ideal way to prepare (and the type of) beef for a homemade meat pie? I'm really interested in .. 1. whether there is a certain preference for the type of cut to use. 2. how much you ...
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Why do some pies call for two crusts, and some do not?

Most fruit pies call for two crusts, whereas most custardy pies do not. However, my apple pies with one crust or two or substantially the same. Is the number of crusts simply traditional?
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What kind of pie is this?

So over the thanks giving holiday my wife asked me to go get the apple pie out of the chill chest. However there were three different pies in there and they all looked alike, and neither of us knew ...
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Is it possible to make a wheat free/gluten free/dairy free apple pie?

Is it possible to make a pie that does not include gluten or dairy? What techniques and ingredients can I use?
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How can I make my pumpkin pie thicker?

My preferred recipe for pumpkin pie uses (approximately, to avoid going into recipe details) a pound of pumpkin, sugar (I use brown), an egg, a cup and a half (total) of evaporated milk and cream, ...
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Is cheesecake a cake or a pie?

Is cheesecake technically a pie or a cake? I'm curious as to why. Are there solid definitions of what makes a dessert a cake or a pie?
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What happens when you bake Winesap apples?

In researching the answer to a question of why the apples in a pie became mushy, I noticed that two of my cookbooks contradicted each other on the Winesap apple, on whether it remains firm upon ...
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How to make apple chunks in apple pie stay intact?

I made an extremely delicious apple pie yesterday, with a puff pastry crust. The only problem was that by the time the pastry was cooked, the apple filling had turned to mush - the texture of apple ...
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How do you get a nice yellow gravy color when making a chicken pot pie?

I'm making a chicken pot pie. Taste is decent, texture is good, however the appearance of the 'chicken gravy' inside is more....dull gray like than a more vibrant yellow. I don't mind it, but most ...
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Is there a way to prevent my Fruit Pie from getting runny?

Is there a way to firm up the consistency of a fresh fruit pie (like peach or apple) - sometimes it gets too "runny"?
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Storage of Sweet Potato Pie

I want to make Sweet Potato Pie for the first time for Monday yet I'm going to be busy on the weekend. This got me wondering what are proper storage ideas for Sweet Potato Pie. For instance if I make ...
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How to use pie weights?

Should something be placed between pie weights (whether using rice, beans, or metal/ceramic beads) and the pie dough? Should the dough still be pricked with a fork? How do you remove the weights? ...
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When Making A Pie With Graham Cracker Crust, How Can I Get The Crust Just Moist Enough?

I love making key lime pie. I've made it a few times this summer with this very simple and delicious recipe: 1 Container Cool Whip 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk 1/2 (or 1/3) C. Lime Juice 1 Graham ...
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How to change the texture of pudding?

I made this recipe today that involves making instant pudding with chocolate ice cream instead of milk. It was supposed to come out as a super chocolaty mouse but it tasted a little grainy, like not ...
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Can you freeze fruit pies after baking - Will this ruin them?

I was thinking about apple, but would apply to any fruit.
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Is it possible to store Homemade pie crusts - if so what methods are there?

I wanted to make pie crust for a cheesecake recipe but didn't want to make all of the actual filling at the same time ( doing it for two different events that are about two weeks apart), is it ...
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What vegetables hold up well for making vegetarian pot pie?

I am trying to make a vegetarian pot pie, but so far I was not successful. I tried with carrots, peas, and cauliflower, but the pot pie was not that good.
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How to prepare pie dough in bulk at home?

Common knowledge dictates keeping the fats cool and the tools chilled. But when you are preparing more than 8X quantity, this poses some difficulties, or at least some stress. The ambient air, the ...
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How do I keep meringue from “weeping”?

Am I asking too much of meringue to be able to keep a key lime pie in the refrigerator for 24 hours? The meringue ends up very wet at the end of that period. I keep it covered in the fridge.
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Flaky pie crust for sweet fruit pie: butter, shortening, lard, or combination?

I specify sweet fruit here because I think there would different good answers for a savory or a custard based pie.
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Apple Pie — Peel or not

Is it OK to leave the skin on the apples when making an apple pie? With most of the nutrition in the skin this seems like a good idea. I wonder if there will be chewy strings of peel or if they will ...
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What is the proper usage of a pie bird?

I have one of those ceramic pie birds that vent steam from a pie while it bakes. What benefit does using this provide to the end result? Also, in what types of pies should it be used?
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How can I check if a blind baked dough is done?

Often, when I'm blind baking things, I'm always unsure whether or not the dough is finished. I always put a piece of foil between the crust and the rice. Is there an easy way to check the middle of ...
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Can I re-use rice if it has been used for blind baking?

I often use rice when blind baking... and then I throw it out which is obviously a waste. Am I able to keep the rice and either use it again for blind baking or even to cook and eat later?
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Can I use any sort of pumpkin for pumpkin pie?

When I'm making a pumpkin pie, does it matter what sort of pumpkin I use? Are the specific varieties that are more suited to pies or can I just use any pumpkin?