How to Bake a Great Pie
Toasting the crust before you put the pie crust in the oven is a great way to get a really good crust on the pie, especially if you like your pies with a crunchy crust. But many people are too impatient to toast the crust for an even browning that can be seen when the pie comes out of the oven.
Don’t try to trick yourself by baking the crust before putting it in the oven and hoping it will give you good fresh flavor. You won’t be able to fool yourself. Telling yourself that you won’t be able to tell the difference once it’s done will not help.
There are many things that affect the flavor of the crust before it gets put in the oven, but the most important is the oven’s temperature. The way you heat the oven affects the crust’s temperature. Many people let the oven temperature get too high and end up with a burnt or chewy crust.
You can heat the oven to just the right temperature to get a good crust. But the temperature has to be just right or you will end up with a burnt pie. The worst thing you can do is not to keep your oven from getting hot enough to ensure a great crust.
Another key ingredient for a great crust is time. When you start the oven at the right time, it’s a bit like waiting for a sizzle, and the crust is ready. Remember, you need a great crust, so don’t wait too long to start the oven. Once the crust starts to get brown and just starting to crack, it’s too late.
Blueberries work very well with strawberries. You may have noticed that if you mix strawberries and blueberries together, they make a great pie crust. If you only have small amounts of strawberries or blueberries, you can still get a nice crust by using a banana. Just make sure the banana is diced fine, so it doesn’t end up creating a very thick crust.
You can use one banana or two, depending on how big ball you want your pie to be. The banana should be sliced a little thinner than the bananas you used with blueberries.
Add about one-quarter cup of mashed fruit to the crust and make sure it is very ripe. It should have a good color and feel to it.
If you don’t like blueberries, try using raspberries. They are very similar, though they are slightly sweeter than blueberries. You can also use strawberries if you like, though they are not as sweet as blueberries.
If you want to use both, then use the blueberries first. If you just add the raspberries, the fruits will mix with the other ingredients and give the crust a nutty flavor.
If you want to be even more interesting, try adding both, banana and blueberries to the dough and making a topping out of it. You can bake the topping over the top of the pie. I would advise against it though because you will get a tasteless and drier crust.
If you want the best, try whipping up some apple cider instead of using apple cider or wine. Apple cider is great, but it isn’t as good as the apple cider that you can buy in stores. It has more sweetness and will create a more concentrated taste in the finished pie.