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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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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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 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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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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Is there an alternative to cornstarch

I made a some pies a couple of days ago. The recipe called for cornstarch and it thicken the filling after it came out of the oven. The only thing is I could taste a bit of the cornstarch when I was ...
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How can I keep meringue pie-topping from falling?

Nothin' better on a hot summer afternoon than a slice of cold pie... And nothin' says "summer" like a great big fluffy meringue topping over that slab of rhubarb/lemon/banana custard. Unfortunately, ...
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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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Why do some pie crust recipes include vinegar?

I experiment some with pie crusts and have seen recipes that include vinegar as well as eggs. What does the vinegar do and what does the egg do. I have heard the vinegar promotes tenderness but have ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...