The key is to avoid the typical apple pie pitfalls — a soggy crust and waterlogged filling — by blind baking the crust and boiling down the juices before filling the pie. These steps add a bit of extra time but ensure a crisp and flaky crust and a cider-flavored filling that’s not the least bit watery.
Should I blind bake my fruit pie?
The One Pie-Making Step You Should Never Skip
When it comes to a single-crust pie, it’s important to first weight the naked crust with pie weights, rice, or dried beans and baking it (called “blind-baking”). Then, uncover and bake it some more—that ensures nary a soggy bottom.
Is it better to blind bake pie crust?
Blind baking, or pre baking a pie crust, is the trick to better pie. You won’t have to worry about the filling overcooking or a soggy crust.
Do all pies need to be blind baked?
Any pie filling that requires a shorter cook time than its pastry needs a blind-baked crust.
Tip #1: Blind Bake Your Pie Crust
You want to make sure to blind bake your crust completely. What is this? If you are making a custard pie, like an Easy To Make Eggless Pumpkin Pie, you want to partially bake your crust. This will help the crust to set up first before adding that liquidy filling.
Is blind baking necessary?
Why Do You Need to Blind-Bake? Blind-baking is a necessary step in making a classic French-style fruit tart, but it will improve almost any pie crust recipe. Since tarts are filled with creams or mousses (which can’t be baked), you’ll have to bake any tart shell in advance of filling it.
Do you have to blind bake pastry?
To prevent them becoming soggy, shortcrust pastry cases need to be partially cooked before adding moist fillings. This process, known as blind baking, which seals the surface and results in a crisp pastry case.
But the one surefire way to make absolutely certain your pie’s crust will be golden brown, crisp, and delicious — just as appealing as its filling — is to prebake it. That’s right: bake the bottom crust first, before adding the filling.
What temperature do you blind bake pastry?
Leave an overhang of pastry around the sides of the tin. Prick the base of the pastry case all over with a fork. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 or the stated temperature for the recipe you are using. Line the tart tin with baking parchment and fill with ceramic baking beans or dried pulses.
Coating the surface of the bottom crust will create a barrier to prevent sogginess. Adding a layer of corn syrup or a slightly beaten egg white before pouring in the filling will form a seal between the pie dough and the filling and will help make the crust crisp and flaky.
What can I use to blind bake?
The absolute best option for blind-baking is a tempered-glass or aluminum pie plate. Aluminum or tempered glass will keep your crust crisp and shapely.
Why did my pie crust shrink?
Probably the main reason that pie crusts shrink is because the dough is not given adequate time to “rest”. This resting time allows the gluten to literally relax at critical points in the pie dough process, and will play a big role in preventing shrinking once it is baked.
Maybe your filling was too liquidy. Maybe you were watching “Oh Brother Where Art Thou?” while baking. This is a tricky problem to fix, but hope is not lost. If it’s a fruit pie, try putting it back in the oven for a few minutes on the very bottom rack, thus putting the underbaked bottom closer to the heat source.
Why is my apple pie so watery?
When apple pie bakes, the apples exude juice. At some point that juice starts to boil, which releases excess moisture in the form of steam. In addition, the starch in the thickener absorbs some of the water in the juice, making the remaining juice highly flavorful and dense enough to hold the apples in place.
I’ve baked apple pie for 3 hours at 350°F (tenting the top with aluminum foil after 1 hour), and it’s come out just fine: crust brown and lovely, apples not over-cooked. So don’t put a stopwatch on that pie; the longer you let it brown and bubble, the better your bottom crust will be.