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    The Perfect Pie

    - Carmen Jackson Crofton, Washington Post, 1999

  • Table of Contents:The Wonderful World of Pies........................................................................................ 3Types of Pies and Their Construction........................................................................... 4Building the Perfect Crust............................................................................................. 5The Perfect Pie: Frequently Asked Questions............................................................... 6

    Pie Dough Crusts........................................................................................................ 6Fruit Fillings.............................................................................................................. 8Crumb Crusts............................................................................................................. 8Cream Pie Fillings...................................................................................................... 9Custard Fillings.......................................................................................................... 9

    Hints for Double-Crust Pies........................................................................................ 10Tips for Meringue........................................................................................................ 10 Selecting the Right Pie Pan.......................................................................................... 10Customizing Pie Recipes.............................................................................................. 11

    Flour versus Cornstarch............................................................................................. 11Fresh Fruit versus Canned......................................................................................... 11Butter versus Shortening in the Crust......................................................................... 11

    Unsuual Pies................................................................................................................ 12Pink Lemonade Pies.................................................................................................. 12Cherry Cheesecake Pie............................................................................................... 13Carrot Pie................................................................................................................. 14Strawberry Rhubarb Pie...................................................................................................... 15Boston Cream Pie...................................................................................................... 16

    Cream and Custard Pies............................................................................................... 17Master Recipe: Cream Pie.......................................................................................... 17Banana Cream Pie..................................................................................................... 17Chocolate Cream Pie................................................................................................. 17Double-Decker Cherry Cream Pie.............................................................................. 17Coconut Cream Pie.................................................................................................... 17Apple Custard Pie with Streusel Topping.................................................................... 18Mississippi Mud Pie.................................................................................................. 19Traditional Pecan Pie................................................................................................ 20Pumpkin Pie............................................................................................................. 21

    Favorite Pies................................................................................................................ 22Peach Cinnamon Pie................................................................................................. 22Fifteen Minute Apple Pie........................................................................................... 23Deluxe Dutch Apple Pie............................................................................................ 24Raspberry Peach Pie with Streusel Topping................................................................ 25

    Chiffon Pies.................................................................................................................. 26Key Lime Pie............................................................................................................ 26Raspberry Dream Pie................................................................................................ 27

    Easy Almost Pies......................................................................................................... 28Pumpkin Pie Squares................................................................................................ 28Apple Pie Cake......................................................................................................... 29Peach Mock Pie with Cranberries and Mango............................................................. 30 Cranapple Crumble Mock Pie.................................................................................... 31

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    The Wonderful World of PiesWe love pies. We love fruit pies, nut pies, cream pies, pies with pastry crusts, and pies with crumb crusts. There is a pie for every taste, for every mood, for every occasion. Early American pioneers made a pie for every meal. When they ran out of fruit, they used pumpkin, corn, or nuts. When they ran out of these, they used whatever else was on handsuch ingredients as applesauce, molasses, vinegar, and crackers. Today, we have an amazing array of pies to choose from . . . and the opportunity to experiment beyond the normal.

    Pies dont need to be hard. And if youve never made a pie, theres no reason to hesitate. Pies tend to be forgiving and even a less than perfect pie, is still very good. If you dont feel that youre ready to tackle a pastry crust, start with a crumb crust or one of the near-pies, Pumpkin Pie Squares, a mock pie, or a crumble. But, well help you build a great pastry crust and troubleshoot those that dont come out perfect.

    This handbook is divided into two sections: pie construction and recipes. Well start out by talking about the different types of pies and the requirements for success for each. Then well tackle the crusts, since that is where most folks hesitate. Well then help you customize your pie to make it uniquely yours and fit your tastes. Finally, well give you a troubleshooting guide in question and answer form for easy reference.

    The recipe section is not meant to be comprehensiveyou can get hundreds of recipes from cookbooks or on line. Rather, its meant to be just a sampler of pies that weve enjoyed with a broad enough range to incite your desire to explore. Weve included some near pies, pies that dont require the traditional crusts and therefore quicker andto most folkseasier to make.

    Good luck, enjoy your pies, and happy baking.

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    Types of Pies and Their Construction

    Pies can be categorized by crust type, but for our purposes well categorize pies by filling typeyou can often match fillings to more than one kind of crust. Before we talk about fillings, lets take a quick look at crust types.

    There are pastry crusts and crumb crusts. Pastry crusts can be categorized as flakey crustsa mixture of flour, fat, and waterand sweet crusts with sugar and usually eggs added. Crusts can be baked, unbaked, or partially baked. Pies can be single-crusted, double-crusted, open-topped, lattice-topped, or crumble pies with a streusel topping. Pies can be baked in a pan or free-formed. They can be made as turnovers or baked in smaller pans as individual servings. In the world of pies, the combinations of crusts and fillings are endless.

    Fruit pies occupy center stage. The filling is a combination of fruit, spices and flavorings, and a sweetened syrup or slurry. They can be made with fresh fruit, frozen fruit, or canned fruit. The slurry can be made by cooking the juice from the fruit or added juice, by cooking the fruit with the juice, or by tossing the fruit with flour and letting the slurry form as the pie bakes.

    Strawberry pies, for example, are usually made by cooki