Questions tagged [pie]

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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What's the easiest dough for a Lemon Pie that still tastes good?

What dough would you recommend for when you need to wrap up a lemon pie fairly quickly?
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How to keep a cheesecake layer separate from filling during baking?

I want to make an (Dutch) apple pie with a layer of cheesecake. As far as I know I have a few options: Bake a cheesecake, then simply add a layer of apples. More or less like: However, this is not ...
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Can I substitute sambucca in my pie crust instead of vodka?

I accidentally put sambucca in my pie crust instead of vodka. Will it ruin the taste of my pie crust
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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 temperature should fruit pies be cooked to?

What's a good target internal temperature for fruit pies, for the fruit to be cooked? Most recommendations seem to be to have the filling bubbling, plus 5 minutes, but is there a more precise way to ...
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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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Should I parbake the bottom crust for a savory pie?

I'm making a savory pie - basically stew in a pie crust. Do I want to parbake the bottom crust of my pie for this? Will doing so make it more or less likely that the bottom crust ends up as a soggy ...
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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 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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How to line a tart ring for a perfect tart crust

I am trying to line a tart ring to get 90 degrees corners and straight edges. My method, until now, has always been to chill the dough properly, roll it out and gently roll it on the ring, straighten ...
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Russian Pie Recipe breaks into little pieces?

I am trying to make Russian Pies, I tried following the recipe in this video. I put 3 1/2 Cups of All Purpose Flour in a bowl. And then I put 2 tbl spoons of baking powder and a small table spoon of ...
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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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What are the proper dimensions for a 4 or 5 inch Pie Pan?

When an Australian recipe meantions a 4 inch or a 5 inch pie pan, are the pans shown below what is meant? 4" Pie pan 5" Pie pan 4.3"x2.9"x1.3"(10.922x7.366x3.302 cm)volume: ...
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I’m doubling lemon juice in a no-bake pie recipe to make it extra sour. What can I add to make it less goopy?

Every year my partner makes a lemon pie, and every year her guests want it to be more sour than the last. Last year we put in way more lemon juice than the recipe called for, but it came out a goopy ...
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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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Hot Water Crust Pastry: effects of different ratio of ingredients?

Based on a comment made here Australian Meat (Chunky steak) Pie: loss of Gravy/Sauce after cooling/freezing - Seasoned Advice (which I thankfully read before it was deleted by a moderator), I have ...
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Can cornstach break down in a filling by over heating or over stirring when baking a meringue pie?

My cream pie fillings are very inconsistent when making meringue pies. I've read that over stirring cornstarch thickened mixtures can cause them to break down when cooled. I've also read that over ...
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Mold on Canned Cherry pie filling

I have cherry pie filling (from a can) which grew some mold. Can I remove the mold and eat the rest?
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Can I make a sweet hot water crust pastry?

I’ve been making lots of Hand raised pies recently and I’m wondering if it’s possible to do a sweet hot water crust pastry. What I’m wanting to attempt is a Christmassy Hand raised mince pie. My ...
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Australian Meat (Chunky steak) Pie: loss of Gravy/Sauce after cooling/freezing

Main Question: When cooking the beef stew portion of the Australian Meat (Chunky steak) Pie recipe, the created sauce/gravy 'disappears' after cooling or freezing. How can one prevent this from ...
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What effect would replacing the egg in a pie crust with egg whites have?

Based off of the recipes I've read it seems like adding an egg to a pie dough makes it easier to work with and improves the final flavor and texture of the crust. So would adding only egg whites make ...
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Baking a Pie in a Stainless Steel

My ceramic pie dish broke recently and I only have stainless steel as well as cast irons in the approximate size of my desired pie. Can I bake my pie in these or will something go terribly wrong? And ...
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Do pies baked in disposable pans turn out okay?

Do disposable pans affect the quality of pies baked in them? I'm worried that using a disposable pan may adversely affect the end result.
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Can pumpkin pie be made apple pie way?

If I put thinly sliced raw pumpkin between two pie crusts, will the filling be cooked enough by the time the crust is golden?
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Pie crust too soft to put in pan

My pie pastry is too soft that I can't pick it up to put in pan after rolling it. The softness/pliable is like the butter/shortening too warm needs to be refrigerated. I tried refrigerating it ...
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Can I use a terracotta pot to bake a pie?

I have cooked many casseroles in a large terracotta pot with great results. Can I bake a pie in a terracota pot in an electric oven. Can the pot take the high temprature that shortcrust or puff ...
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Using both cook and serve pudding and instant pudding in pie

I have a layered Pudding Pie recipe that calls for Chocolate, Vanilla, and Butterscotch pudding. I have not been able to get the Butterscotch pudding in instant pudding (which is what the recipe calls ...
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What should the texture of meringue be in a lemon meringue pie?

After the pie has cooked and chilled, what texture should the meringue be? I couldn't find an answer online, and it was hard to tell from photographs. I'm assuming it isn't supposed to be crispy, the ...
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Apple pie: peel or not?

Is it okay to leave the skin on the apples when making an apple pie? I'd like to leave them on, but I wonder if there will be chewy strings of peel or if they will cook tender.
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How to use tapioca pearls when making puddings and pies?

I have made puddings and pies from instant tapioca before, and I like them a lot. I would like to try to recreate those recipes with tapioca pearls. How is cooking with pearls different from cooking ...
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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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Dicing roasted pumpkin instead of puréeing it?

I have a memory of reading somewhere (but I can’t seem to find the source) that when making a pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkin, you could beneficially dice the pumpkin after roasting it instead of ...
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How to make a good pie dough like the industrial one?

Whenever I follow a pie dough recipe the result is not great. The dough is tearing easily while rolling it, impossible to make it as thin as the on you buy in the supermarket. And when it's cooked, it'...
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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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Making two no-bake pies, double the recipe, or make the filling one at a time?

I have a recipe for a no-bake apple pie. I'd like to make two pies, but I'm not sure if I should just double the recipe, or make the filling for each, one at a time. The filling calls for boiling the ...
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Can sour cherries be used in a semi-stable bar?

I have recently learned that my carb intake is insufficient, leading to so-called "glycogen depletion" while cycling. I have possibly spent too much time around folks who boast of equating a ...
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How to keep baked meringue from shrinking away from pie crust?

I've tried this three times now, but have not yet had success. When making pies like chocolate cream pie or lemon pie and topping them with meringue, after baking said meringue it inevitably shrinks ...
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How Does a Hot Water Whipped Pie Crust Work?

First time poster here. I was wondering if someone could help me better understand the science behind a hot water whipped pie crust. I know if someone's never made one, and knew anything about the ...
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Can I use traditional pie crust to make ice cream pies

For the past 2 weeks I have been working on an ice cream pie recipe and I’ve been running into a few issues(I have less than 2 months of baking experience). I would like to know if I can use ...
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Steak pie filling thickener

for all bakers out there, which pie thickener do you use? I have tried to use Modified starch which smell bad when making slurry then pour in hot gravy liquid and I have noticed it changes its taste a ...
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Butterscotch Pie setting

I am using a recipe taken from this Recipe for Butterscotch Pie recipe. I will post a picture below as well. The main ingredients for the pie are 2 3.4 ounce instant butterscotch pudding mixes with ...
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How to ensure that the bottom of blind baked pie crusts brown properly?

This happened to me yesterday with pâte sucrée, and it has happened before with other kinds of dough too (like the traditional American flaky dough). When I try to blind bake a pie, I usually do as ...
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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 cooking/...
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How do I get a space between my pork filling and the hot water raised crust?

I tried to make a hand raised pork pie and made the jelly from pigs' trotters and bones but when I tried to pour it down the hole it seems there is no space between the filling and the crust. How do i ...
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Adjusted cooking time for an already-baked pie shell

I have a pumpkin pie recipe that calls for an unbaked pie shell. During the cooking step, it cooks first at 425°F for 15 minutes, and then at 350°F for 30-40 minutes (until toothpick can be ...
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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 do some recipes call for kneading pie/tart dough?

I've have read many times that pie dough is meant to be held sparingly to avoid creating gluten, but kneading the pie dough does exactly that. So, what is the motivation?
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Is it safe to bake dough in a microwave?

I heard that meat isn't safe to bake or grill in a microwave because there may be tiny areas that contain less moisture and hence not cooked through as microwave cooks moving water molecules. So what ...
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Pecan pie says "keep frozen" on the box, but the store is selling them just sitting out. Is this safe?

My local supermarket has a display of Edwards Pecan Pie boxes that all say "keep frozen" on the box, yet they are just sitting out at room temperature in a display. I asked and the manager said this ...
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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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