Six Steps to a Better Pie
The key to great pie is all in the prep. Here's what you need to know.
1. Soften the Crust
Let refrigerated crusts stand at room temperature for 15 minutes, or microwave one pouch on DEFROST (30% power) for 10 to 20 seconds before unfolding. Remove frozen crusts from box and let stand at room temperature 60 to 90 minutes before unfolding.
2. Mend the Cracks
Wet your fingers with cold water and press edges together. Repairing cracks before baking will reduce the chance of cracks reappearing while baking.
4. Keep the Crust In Place
To keep the crust from pulling away from the pan during baking, press it firmly against the sides and bottom of the pan. Be careful not to stretch the crust.
5. Prevent Bubbles in the Crust
To prevent bubbles in an unfilled crust, generously prick the sides and bottom of the crust with a fork before baking.