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Thursday, August 29

Rules of pie

  1. As with baking, usually best to weight ingredients such as flour to ensure accuracy.
  2. Baking pie is like meditation: it cannot be rushed.
  3. Handle dough lightly; keep it cool; bake it in a hot oven.
  4. Use butter, never margarine, in a pie crust. Margarine contains extra water and a bunch of other stuff that mangles your crust's chemistry.
    (Shouldn't have to state this, but at times such specificity is required. I'm often asked if I use sugar substitutes or other "healthy" cheats. My answer: Never! I only make my dishes with the best ingredients I can locate.)
A pie bird, also called a pie funnel

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