How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust

Posted by Melanie Green on Jun 26th 2022


Pie crust is the most important part of any pie. It is the foundation of your culinary masterpiece, and it will dictate how the rest of your pie will taste. The quality of your crust can make or break a pie. It’s important to know how to make a perfect crust.

Making the perfect pie crust is an important step in making your pie just right. The key to a delicious pie crust is the fat content, which could be butter or shortening, plus some liquid or dry ingredients. This guide will teach you how to make the perfect pie crust for your pies!

Use High Quality Fats

Pie crust uses fat and flour to create a solid and delicious base for your pies. The most common fats used in pie crusts are butter, vegetable shortening, lard, and margarine. Butter makes the flakiest crusts but can give your pie a flavor that some people may not like. Vegetable shortening is also a very popular choice for getting a flaky flavor without using butter that may add an undesirable taste to your sweet pies.

Par Bake the Crust

Par baking your pie crust means partially baking it before adding the filling. Par baking your pie crust allows you to have a crisp, flaky crust with a soft and flavorful filling. An important thing to remember when par baking your crust is that you do not want to fully bake it. To par bake the crust, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place your pie shell on a cookie sheet.

You can use pie weights to keep the crust in place while it’s par baked. Pie weights are used to make sure your pie crust is fully baked and also to prevent bubbling in the bottom of the pie. You can get these at any kitchen store. Next, bake your pie crust for 15 minutes and then let it sit until it cools off completely.

Don’t Overwork Your Dough

You want to be careful not to overwork your dough when you want to make the perfect pie crust. Overworking your dough will result in a tough crust with a dense and dry filling. An easy way to avoid overworking your dough is by dividing it into two parts, the first part should be put into the refrigerator. You want to let the dough rest for at least an hour before you begin rolling it out. After resting, take a rolling pin and roll out the dough so that it is 1/8th of an inch thick (always use flour while you are rolling).

Regardless of which pie you are baking, it needs a good crust. Having the right pie container makes a big difference. It can help the crust set properly, and makes packaging much easier. Try a variety of baking molds from PacknWood to see which of our eco-friendly options can help you take your baking to the next level. Send us a message through our website to get started today.


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