I love to bake! But, I’ll admit it. I can’t really bake a pie. I don’t know what it is! Every single time I try, something goes wrong with the pie crust. It either falls apart. Or doesn’t roll out well. Or it’s too dry…
So while I was in Michigan at my parents’ house, I took advantage of the chance of having a Master Baking class from my Mom.
My mom is a fantastic baker! She doesn’t like to bake, ironically, but she makes such yummy things! She got some family secrets when it came to baking pies and I’ve never had the chance to learn them. And thankfully, she agreed to share it with you all!
I knew this tip already, but I think I didn’t realize just HOW cold things should be in order to have the perfect pie crust. My mom uses a combo of unsalted butter and shortening, and both she pulls right out of the freezer and cuts them straight in to the pie crust dough.
Secret 2 | The crust needs to rest!
My mom swears that once the pie crust dough is done, it needs to be in the fridge, resting, for at least 1 hour. This gets the dough nice and cold again, so it doesn’t fall apart while you roll it out. Again… something I’ve messed up each time. I’m not the fastest roller, so the colder the dough before rolling, the better.
Secret 3 | Use plastic wrap to ensure you don’t over-flour or over-handle!
This was a mind blower! I watched my mom line her countertop with plastic wrap, plop the dough down on that, and then top the dough with another layer of plastic wrap. Then she rolled it out into a disk. No extra flour getting incorporated into the dough, no sticking. Genius! And then, when it was time to transfer the dough to the pie plate, she just picked up the plastic wrap and gently dropped it into the plate. So smart!
BONUS Secret | Don’t stress out over the dough!
Maybe she mentioned this a lot because I was nervous, but my mom told me over and over again that it was hard to mess up pie crust dough if you’re calm and not fussing over it. She makes her dough in the food processor. She is rough with it. She doesn’t fuss over the ingredients. Basically, if you stay calm (ahem… Katie…) then you’ll be successful!
Now, because I’m a visual learner, my mom was sweet enough to let me record her teaching session so I could refer back to it. AND agreed that I could share it with you!
Now, a note: In the middle of this whole experience, my sister and her husband showed up, so the background noise picks up, and there are quite a few giggles! Plus, in all the excitement of catching up with my sister, I actually forgot to record the final product. HAHA! But thankfully I remembered to put it on Instagram.
See, when all else fails, I’m loyally documenting on Instagram 😉
Are you as hopeless as I am with pie baking? Or do you have a secret or two to share? Please Share!