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How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

Easy Flaky Pie Crust

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Making pie crusts is easy if you know what you’re doing. In this article, How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust, I will teach you everything you need to know about making perfect pie crusts.

When people ask me what my favorite dessert is, I never give them a clear answer because I love them all! For me, no dessert beats a piece of pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s the ultimate comfort food.

However, pie making can be daunting for some. It’s not easy to make a perfect pie in one try. So, I’m here to help!

The type of pie you’re making will affect the crust you make. There are different crusts for different pies. Short crust pastry is flaky and buttery, perfect for custard pies, such as lemon meringue, and fruit pies such as apple or cherry.

The best part about this pastry is that it’s very forgiving. The short crust pastry will turn out perfect even if you don’t follow instructions properly. On the other hand, American-style pie crust has an extra layer of fat between the crust and the filling to keep it moist and tender.

Today you are going to learn how to make the perfect pie crust that comes out soft, flakey, and delicious! You won’t have to throw away any more pies because they come out hard or tough.

The pie crust recipe I am sharing with you today will make the perfect pie crust every time. I have the best tips for making this pie crust and would like to share them with you.

7 Tried and True Tricks for a Soft Flakey Pie Crust

1. For a Tender Flakey Crust

Pie-How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

You will want to use a ceramic pie plate or if you prefer aluminum make sure they are dull and not shiny. Shiny pie plates reflect heat, and the results are a soggy bottom pie crust.

I prefer the ceramic pie plate it cooks the pie better along with the pizza stone.

2. The Secret to No “Soggy Pie Crust

Nordic Ware Pizza Stone used for How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

I just recently learned an awesome way to make a perfectly cooked golden pie crust every time. Are you ready for it? A pizza stone! You read this correctly, a pizza stone.

I promise you they are not that expensive at all and well worth the money. You will never have Soggy Pie Crust Again! You set your pie plate right on the stone and let it work its magic.

3. Measure Your Ingredients

Measure The Ingredients for How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

You should measure your flour by first stirring it a bit before you put it in your measuring cup. Over fill your measuring cup and then sweep the excess flour off with a curved spatula or you can use the flat edge of a butter knife.

4. Preventing the Pastry from Puffing Up

Pastry Weights part of How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

To prevent puffing up the pastry while baking it, you can invest in some pastry weights as shown in the picture above. These keep the pastry from over expanding and blistering up.

Another alternative is to take the tines of a fork and poke holes in the bottom and sides of the pastry.

5. Don’t Overwork the Dough

Kitchen Aid Mixer With Dough Hook part of How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

To prevent your dough from becoming tough, do not overwork it! Handle it as little as possible. The less you handle it the better. Using a mixer with a dough hook is best.

It incorporates the ingredients faster than mixing them by hand. This will ensure you do not over handle the dough.

6. Fluting the Edges

Fluted Pie Crust another of How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

If you would like to flute the edges of your pastry, simply place thumb and index finger about one inch apart on outside of raised edge.

Use your other index finger to push pastry toward outside, continuing around edge. Repeating this motion will form a beautiful edge.

You can also take the tines of a fork and press down on the edges all away around the pastry to form another unique design.

7. Pie Crust Shield

Pie Crust Shield part of How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

This is another great invention for bakers! The pie crust shield will keep the edges of your pie crust from burning. There is nothing worse than spending time and money on making a beautiful pie than having the edges turn black before the pie gets done!

They were not expensive and worth the money! Extremely easy to use.

Conclusion of How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

Homemade pie crust tastes so much better than the store-bought ones. It is soft, flakey, and oh so delicious. Besides, the pie crust recipe I am about to give only has 4 ingredients! And it is for Single Crust, Double Crust, and Deep-Dish Double Crust. Which happens to be my favorite.

If you follow How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust, you will be making delicious pie crust that your family will rave about. Now that you know the tricks, get baking! 😉

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