Pie Baking Season No. 001
At last it's pie baking season. Is that actually a thing? In my world it is, and I couldn't be more happy about it. Baking pies from scratch is one of those things that gets a bad rep. Maybe it's because making crust from scratch can be so finicky. Or perhaps it's the fact that you can actually buy a pretty delicious pie from just about any grocery store now a days. Whatever the reason, I really don't care. You see baking a pie from scratch is one of those lost arts that people don't really take the time to enjoy anymore. It's kind of like baking your own bread. It requires patience, planning, and a little bit (okay a lot) of precision. I get that might not sound appealing to us all, but baking a homemade pie doesn't have to be stressful.
Because just like everything else in life, there are shortcuts. And luckily for us many of those shortcuts are actually pretty darn good. From buying pre made crust to ready to go pie filling, there is a shortcut for almost anything you might need some help for. Don't have time to make a crust from scratch? Check out the line of pre made pie crusts from Wholly Wholesome. They are so good you might actually question why you ever bothered making crust from scratch in the first place. Mess up your lattice topping? Use fancy pie crust cutters to make cut outs to cover up your mistakes. Not only will nobody realize you made a mistake in the first place, but they'll actually think you are way more professional than you actually are. Feel like technically making a homemade pie but don't actually want to do much from scratch? My favorite way to make it seem like you went above and beyond is to dress up a frozen pumpkin pie with a few pretty pie crust leaves. Just remember to pick up an extra box of frozen pie dough when you are in the freezer section and use it to cut out some leaves to layer around the edge before baking. It's the easiest, and quickest way to make your grocery store delights a new family classic.
So what are a few of your favorite pie baking tips and tricks? Next week I'll be sharing some of my go to moves for mastering the perfect crust for those of you who are feeling ambitious next week.