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Here are some great tips from our expert pie baker Cindy Johnson. For more tips and tricks, make sure to check out our Easy As Pie eBook!

 

How do yoimg_8671u thin a think filling?

In order to thin a thick filling, you will want to use fruit juice in small amounts. Apple juice is great universal thinner, but you can also experiment with different juices, for different tastes.

 

 

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How do you thicken a thin filling?

To thicken a filling, you will want to use a slurry of cornstarch and water, and then add it to the filling. This will thicken and cook out during the baking process. You don’t want to use too much cornstarch or your filling will taste pasty.

 

 

What tips are there for making good dough?capture

In order to make good dough, you will want to mix it only until it’s wet. You want to make sure not to over mix the dough – overworking the dough will cause the crust to get tough. Make sure to handle it as little as possible, rework the dough only a second time and throw away the left overs. To avoid making a flaky crust, you will want to make sure there are not small, pea size pieces of shortening left in the dough.

 

What makeimg_8830s a crust dry and crumbly?

The crust can turn out dry and crumbly when there was not enough butter or margarine added. Another reason is that the crust was not pressed firmly into pie pan, or it could have been under baked.

 

 

 

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What causes a wet whip topping?

To avoid a wet whip topping, you do not want to whip at a high speed. You will only want to use a clean, chilled bowl and beater by placing them in the freezer for 30 minutes prior to beating.