Cookies


Cookies

 How to make perfect cookies every time!

peanutbutter cookie

What is a cookie?

cookie is a small, flat, sweet, baked good, usually containing floureggssugar, and either buttercooking oil or another oil or fat. It may include other ingredients such as raisinsoatschocolate chips or nuts. In most English-speaking countries except for the US and Canada, crisp cookies are called biscuits.

Cookies appear to have their origins in 7th century AD Persia, shortly after the use of sugar became relatively common in the region. They spread to Europe through the Muslim conquest of Spain. By the 14th century, they were common in all levels of society throughout Europe, from royal cuisine to street vendors.

*From Wikipedia

This is an excellent short video by TED- perfect for those that want to know more!

Types of Cookies

Bar Cookies are made from a stiff dough that is poured or pressed into a baking dish, then baked, cooled and cut into bars, squares or diamonds. Bars cookies can be single-layered (like brownies) or multi-layered – with cake-like or chewy textures.

brownie Brownies

                 

                 

lemon barsLemon Bars

 

 

 

This is a favorite. Soft, chewy, and full flavor. It is hard to eat only one!  Drop Cookies are made by dropping a spoonful of soft batter on a sheet pan. While baking, the batter will    spread out and flatten to form the popular circle cookie shape.

World’s Best Cookie  http://www.cookingtoday.info/recipe/worlds-best-cookies/

 

      Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate Chip Cookies (Toll House cookies)http://www.cookingtoday.info/recipe/5097/

From <http://www.designmom.com/2012/10/living-well-8-secrets-to-the-perfect-chocolate-chip-cookie/>

 From <http://www.chelseasmessyapron.com/secret-ingredient-bakery-style-chocolate-chip-cookies/>

Perfect cookie every time. Taste is great and uniform on size.

Perfect cookie every time. Taste is great and uniform on size.

Icebox Cookies  are cookie dough rolled into logs, ready to slice and bake. You can use the basic butter-and-sugar-rich dough and add nuts, fruits or whatever to the dough.

     Chocolate-Dipped Macadamia Cookies

     Ice Box- Shortbread Cookies 

         

Cookie_PressMolded Cookies are cookies that have been either cut or pressed into certain molds or shapes. Molded generally tend to be fancy. They can be cut into assorted shapes rolled cookie with a cookie cutter or molded with a cookie mold or stamp or molded by hand to make them unique looking.

 

butter cookie rolledRolled Cookies are a type of cookie prepared from a dense cookie dough that is rolled out flat onto a counter, and cut into the desired shapes. There are many different recipes for rolled cookies, but they are especially popular for the holiday season because they can be made into shaped like gingerbread men. These types of cookies can also make great gifts.

 

 butter cookie6Butter Cookies or Sugar Cookies are a crispy style cookie that is a very basic and easy-to-make and have a rich buttery flavor. The Dough is rolled into a thin sheet on a clean and flat surface with a rolling pin. Then cut into shapes that are often decorated before or after baking. Butter cookies decorated to celebrate a particular holiday or event.

 

cookie rolled in powder sugarHand Molded Cookie dough is rolled into balls,  Mexican Wedding Cookies, or Crescents, Braids, Logs, or Rings made with your cake decorating star tip and pastry bag, or Almond Pretzels,  and then rolled in sugar or nuts before baking. While others are filled with jam, like thumbprint cookies, dropped and flattened with fork tines in a crisscross pattern, such as the popular peanut butter cookies, or baked as a loaf and then cut into strips and baked again, such as biscotti. Some hand-formed cookies are shaped after baking, while they are still warm, fortune cookies.

 

chocolate_kiss_cookieThumbprint Cookies Thumbprint cookies can be filled with jams, lemon curd, nuts, chocolate or whatever you like.

 

 

 

peanutbutter cookiePeanut Butter Cookies  http://www.cookingtoday.info/recipe/peanut-butter-cookies/

     

 

120px-Chocolate_&_pistachio_biscotti_(cropped)Biscotti

 

 

   

 gingerbread3Gingerbread Cookies

     

 

Cookie Dough Tips:

  1. *Use the best quality ingredients–they’ll produce the tastiest cookies.
  2. Successful baking relies on the correct ratio of ingredients, so be sure to measure accurately.
  3. Measure the flour first and then sift or stir with a whisk to lighten the flour. Usually stir in all dry ingredients together so they are well mixed.
  4. Add the flour by hand, into the creamed sugar and butter and eggs, so as not to over mix and toughen the cookies.
  5. The dough should be tacky and sticky and should hold together. When the dough just holds together stop adding flour. Do not to over stir the dough too much because it increased the gluten and the cookie becomes tough. When the dough is too sticky, add in 1 tablespoon extra flour, and fold after each addition before deciding to add more. Stop when the dough is just tacky.
  6. If you have added too much flour, and the dough crumbles, start with 1 teaspoon oil to correct, adding a few drops at a time, and mix afterward.Even when the dough is not the exact texture the cookies, most of the time it will still bake perfectly and taste delicious!
  7. Try make cookies uniform in size and shape. Scoop the dough into walnut or ping pong ball sized balls. I use a small ice cream scoop for the cookie dough. Place formed dough balls on sheet pans about 2-inches apart.
  8. When the dough is to be rolled out (to 1/8 to 1/4 inch), if you place parchment paper and a layer of flour down first it will help prevent dough from sticking and it is easily moved back into the refrigerator to chill again if necessary.Parchment also makes easy clean-up.
  9. Cool the cookies on the baking pan for about  2 minutes. Transfer the cookies with a spatula to cool completely. If baked on parchment paper, cookies can be cooled right on its surface; slide the paper with the cookies on top to a wire cake rack to cool. Remove cookies when cooled. Cool cookies completely before  decorating them.

Cookie Ingredients

Understanding cookie ingredients is important. The three main ingredients in most cookies are flour, sugar, and fat, plus other ingredients such as leaveners, eggs, liquids, such as milk, and sometimes chocolate, coconut, spices or nuts and raisins.

Flour

  • Factors like humidity, climate, altitude and brand of flour can affect how much flour a cookie dough needs. (So can slight variations in the water content of the butter or eggs you use.)
  • How you measure your flour does make a difference. Spoon the flour into the measuring cup and scrape off the mound with a knife. Do not pack it down. When  you dip the measuring cup into the flour you compact the flour and get too much flour in the cup.
  • Another great way is to weigh out your ingredients. One cup of unsifted all-purpose flour weighs 4.5 oz. or 125 grams. Sifted flour will weigh less than unsifted flour.
  • The type of flour determines the structure of the final  cookie. Flour is the main binding agent and  each type of flour has an individual protein profile suitable almost exclusively for specific uses.
  • High-protein flour or All-purpose flour generally used in most cookie recipes and will make a darker in color and flatter cookies.
  • Low-protein flour or Cake flour makes a pale, soft and puffy cookie.
  • Bread flour  will make  chewy cookie: since bread flour can absorb much more liquid than all purpose flour, more moisture will stay in the cookie.
  • Whole Wheat  Flour When you use whole wheat flour in your cookies, use a little less than regular flour. Whole wheat flour will absorb more of the liquid from the other ingredients.

Sweeteners

All cookie recipes have some form of sugar is used. It adds sweetness and affects the spread of the cookie and makes them golden brown. When a recipe calls for sugar safe to assume that it is granulated. Sugars and fats liquefy in the oven, that is why oven temperature is so important. Each type and amount of sugar used changes the cookie performance. If you cut the amount of sugar called for in a cookie recipe, the final baked cookie will be puffier or firm and not chewy or crisp.

  • Using too little sugar can affect the taste, color, and texture of cookies. Adding too much can cause them to be brittle.
  • Granulated sugar or brown sugar are the most frequently used in making cookies, but honey, molasses, corn syrup and other sugars can be used, sometimes they are combined both brown and white sugars.
  • For a chewier cookie, liquid sweetener, such as honey, corn syrup or molasses is preferred. 
  • White sugar will make a crisper cookie than other sweeteners.  White sugar will help give cookies a nice crisp edge. Using all white sugar will give you hard, crunchy cookies. Cookie spread decreases as sugar particle size increases. A coarse granulated sugar produces less cookie spread during baking than powdered sugar.
  • Cookies made from brown sugar will absorb moisture after baking, helping to ensure that they stay tender and chewy. Brown sugar adds a beautiful color as well as a more complex flavor. Adding too much can result in dark brown cookies. Adding too little results in paler cookies.  Brown sugar is white sugar with molasses added back into it. Dark brown sugar has more molasses and will give an even stronger flavor to the cookies.
  • Corn syrup and molasses make cookies browner. 
  •  Brown sugar and honey make cookies that soften the longer you keep them. 

FATS

  • Fats such as stick butter and margarine, lard, and shortening, are emulsifiers and it makes cookies tender and crispy. Fats coat the flour’s gluten strands and prevent the cookie from becoming tough when moistened and stirred. 
  •  Each fat plays a major role in the cookie. Depending on the amount of fat in the recipe you may have a  flat, crispy cookies or a thicker cake style cookies.

Butter 

  •  Cookies made with butter spread out more than when using shortening or margarine. Adding too much butter can cause the cookies to be flat and greasy and adding too little butter can make cookies tough and crumbly. Butter usually adds the most flavor.
  • DO NOT melt the butter because the cookies will run together or you will need to chill the dough for at least 1-2 hours. Use  room temperature butter by leaving it out an hour ahead of time or place a measuring cup with water in the microwave and heat the water for about 1 minute. The micro will be warm, not hot,  place the butter in the oven the moist air will cut the softening time to 15 minutes.  You should be able to push your finger gently into the butter to make a slight indentation. If your finger easily slides through the entire stick, it is too soft and may cause your cookies to spread too much while baking.
  • You can substitute margarine as long as it contains at least 80 percent vegetable oil. If the oil content doesn’t appear on the label, check the calorie count. Margarine that has 100 calories or more per tablespoon contain 80 percent vegetable oil. Do not use products labeled vegetable oil spread, light or reduced-fat margarine, or diet spread, they contain to much water. Margarine makes cookies spread a little more than butter, and tastes good but with less flavor than when Butter is used.

DAIRY 

  • Unless you are making low-fat or fat-reduced recipes, choose full-fat dairy products. Always use solid cream cheese and not the whipped variety. Milk- Usually milk is added for making a cakier cookie style.

Eggs

  • The liquid from the egg forms steam and gets trapped in the cookie when the temperature gets hot enough, puffing it up. In addition, they bind the dough, bringing the water and fat together in a recipe for a moist, smoother texture, and the shape and size of the finished cookie. Using too many eggs can result in gummy, cake-like cookies. Adding too few eggs can result in dry, crumbly cookies.
  • Most recipes ask for eggs at room temperature. A quick way to get an egg to room temperature is to place it in a bowl of warm tap water for about 10 minutes before using it.  There are recipes that request cold eggs,  the cold helps to keep the butter as firmer through the final mixing stage.
  • Eggs should be added one at at time and beaten well between additions to keep the mixture nice and emulsified.
  • If you find you do not have enough eggs for baking, you can add 1/4 cup vegetable oil for each egg required.
  • When the recipe calls for eggs, most times use a large egg (which is about 1/4 cup or 50 grams). The size of egg determines the ratio of liquid to dry ingredients. Beat eggs into your cookie dough one at a time to allow them to fully incorporate.

LEAVENERS 

  • Baking powder is a combination of bicarbonate of soda plus cream of tartar and cornstarch. Baking powder produces  cookies that are puffier and lighter in color. Depending on how much acid is in the baking powder it can be labeled as fast-acting, slow-acting, and double-acting. Most baking powders are double-acting and will release only a small amount of gas during mixing; the majority will release in the hot oven.
  • Cream of Tartar is also used often in recipes with baking soda and also when creaming butter and sugar together, it creates tiny air bubbles in the mixture that can be expanded by the addition of baking soda and an acid. 

Flavorings

Salt Fine salt is the best to assure it is mixed with the other dry ingredients. Salt works with the leavening ingredients and balances the flavors. Currently, there are many different types of salt in the stores. I prefer sea salt for the flavor and the micro nutrients it adds. Often coarse salt is sprinkled on top of some cookie dough for an extra burst of flavor.

Chocolate– Chocolate chips come in mini chips or regular size and both produce melted bits of chocolate, the preference is up to you which you to use. Chocolate chopped by hand to make Chocolate  chunks and shavings produce the most flavor contrast with the fine shavings mix throughout the dough, adding extra rich chocolate flavor while larger chunks still melt into large gooey pockets. 

Different types of chips can be interchangeable in cookie recipes peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, white chocolate chips,  or nuts.

Coffeeflavored cookies are wonderful, instead of adding brewed coffee, add a small amount of instant coffee crystals with a touch of cocoa powder and cinnamon.

Sour cream gives the cookies an irresistibly soft and tender crumb.

Vanilla is the most used flavoring in cookies. Whenever possible use pure vanilla extract or almond extract for the very best flavor.

Nuts are often called for in cookies.  Usually, it is best to toast the nuts lightly first, the toasting enhances the flavor.

Raisins and other dried fruit should be soaked in warm water to rehydrated them first. Often people like to soak them in alcohol first for additional flavor.

Baking

The oven Temperature makes a big difference when baking cookies. For best results, always use an oven thermometer to get an accurate reading of the temperature, for all your baking. If you find your cookies to be usually pale and soft or your cookies seem to brown too quickly, it’s likely the fault of your oven. The sugars in the cookies need to melt at the correct temperature. I baked cookies at various temperatures in 25°F increments ranging from 250°F up to 450°F. When baked at a lower temperature, the dough has more of a chance to spread out, leading to flatter, wider cookies. Conversely, cookies baked at higher temperatures spread less. Even a difference of as little as 50°F makes a big difference.

Baking Times– Set a timer.  Time moves so fast when baking and it is so easy to under cook or burn your cookies.

Storing -Baked cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about 5 days or refrigerate (for up to 3 days).You can also freeze cookie dough (for 1 month) so you can bake cookies when you want them for fresh still-warm cookies. Always wrap the dough well when you refrigerate or freeze to maintain the good flavor.

 

 

 

Perfect Pie or Tart Crust with 10 Fast and Easy Tips


Pie and Tart Crust tips

I am going to share with you some practical basic tips to help give you the skills to make pie or tart dough that is always flaky, delicious and never tough. Pies that could win a county fair blue ribbon and best of all, your friends and family gratitude.

One of the great things about summer is the abundance and variety ripe fruits. There’s an almost endless variety of wonderful pies and tarts, including those filled with fruit, custard, or nuts, meats. You can easily prepare the pies or tarts to either enjoy now or freeze them and enjoy all year long.

Both pies, tarts consist of a rich favorable filling and a  flaky tender pastry shell. Some are filled then baked, while others are baked empty, then filled. Some have a bottom crust, a double crust, a lattice top, a strudel top, or a meringue topping. Tarts are always open-faced and can be baked in different sized and shaped pans, including mini-tartlet pans. Pies are baked in a round, shallow, slope-sided pan, or a deep-dish pan or casserole dish.

 The Best Pie and Tart Crust Tips 

The Crust:The goal of the perfect pie crust is a tender flaky golden crust with a dry bottom. The first step is to begin with all ingredients and equipment cold, this simple tip will increase the tenderness of the crust.

  • Flour: For a tender crust, choose a low protein wheat flour such as cake flour, pastry flour or unbleached flour. Sift together the flour and dry ingredients.  It is best to have the flour in the refrigerator or freezer for at least an hour or more before mixing all the ingredients.
  • Fats: Don’t blend fat into flour to thoroughly; leave some pea-sized pieces. Chunks of fat create space between the layers of pastry producing a flaky baked crust.
  • Liquids:  Always use ice water with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in your pie dough.This is one more step to help make the crust most tender. Always use the least amount of liquid possible, just enough to make the pie crust hold together.
  • Egg yolk– When a recipe calls for an egg yolk (almost all tart recipes use yolks), it adds more fat, as well as natural lecithin, making the dough pliable and easier to handle. Count the yolk moisture as part of the liquid for the dough. You will see flakes of yellow from the butter and egg yolk.
  1. Mixing

  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsWhen working the pie dough with your hands, use your fingertips instead of the warmer palms of the hand, to pinch the dough to mix it.You can also use two knives or a pastry cutter to cut the flour and butter together, add the liquids slowly and use only what is necessary to hold the dough together.

 

  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsWhen using a food processor refrigerate the bowl and blade about 30 minutes and cut the butter into 1/2 inch squares and freeze. Process the dough no more than 20 or 30 seconds so the butter is not to fine. Add liquid and plus again for 5 or 6 times only. Pour out on the board or parchment paper and proceed.

 

  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsLeave pea size chunks pf butter. Fold the dough over on itself three or four times to bring it together. This will help create layers, which translate into flakiness. When the dough starts to come together, transfer it to a piece of parchment paper or plastic wrap. Squeeze it into a ball. If the dough seems dry and chunks break off, spritz with a little ice water. The dough is ready when it just sticks together with small dry cracks, your dough is perfect. Refrigerate it again for 30 minutes.
  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsIf you’re making a double-crust recipe, divide dough in half, then roll gently into a 4 to 5 inch circle disk, then refrigerate again to get dough cold again, keep wrapped in the parchment or plastic wrap. To avoid ragged dough edges, flatten each piece into a rough disk, then roll like a wheel across a floured work surface, to smooth the edges.
  • *This is the time to freeze your extra dough you plan to use in the future. Wrap in plastic wrap and place in a zip lock bag. Slightly thaw out just to the point you can easily roll out.
  1.  Rolling the Dough Out:

  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsIf the pie crust is soft, chill about 30 minutes more. Soft dough is sticky and you will need to use more flour than when it is colder. If the dough is chilled hard, allow dough sit at room temperature to soften slightly, it should be cold and firm, but not rock hard, this could take 5 to 20 minutes.
  • When ready to roll out the dough, lightly flour the countertop or parchment or other floured surface. If you have a double crust, refrigerate the top while preparing the top. Add more flour as needed.
  • *When you roll out the dough on parchment paper, you will use less flour it is easier to turn, easier transfer to the pie plate, it helps keep the dough cooler, plus it makes cleanup easier. To keep paper from slipping, sprinkle a few drops of water on the countertop before arranging the paper.
  • *A great tip is to draw the circle size you will need for the finished dough on the parchment paper, to be able to easily get an ]perfct finished dough.
  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsRoll out the pie dough roll from the center to the edge, rotate the dough a quarter turn after each movement to form an even round crust easing the pressure as you near the edge to keep it from becoming too thin. Continue this process until the dough reaches the diameter needed for your pie pan, about 13 to 14 inches in diameter and about 1/8 inch thick. After every few passes, check that the dough isn’t sticking, both top and bottom. Add flour as needed, excess flour makes a drier, tough crust. Gently lift the paper off once your dough is rolled to the appropriate size, then take a pastry brush and remove any excess flour on both sides. Lift dough and transfer the dough into the pie pan.
  • Patching the pie crust– when you have a hole or tear in the crust just dab a little water over the problem area and cover with a scrap of the dough, problem fixed.
  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsTransferring the dough– You can move the dough with the parchment paper and slide the dough into the pie pan, you can fold the dough into quarters and easily lift the dough and place it in the pan or you can gently roll the dough onto your rolling-pin and unroll on top of the pan. The first time may be difficult, after that it is fast and easy.

Pie and Tart Crust tips

  • Brush a little water around the edge of the bottom crust before placing the top crust. This helps create a good seal once the two are crimped together.

 

  1. Pie Plates:

  • Pyrex glass pie plates are a great choice for baking your pies, conducts heat evenly. When using a glass pie plate, reduce the oven temperature by 25 degrees. If you have frozen pie in the Pyrex allow the glass to warm up slightly so it will not break in the oven heat.
  • Dull metal pie plates are better than shiny metal pans for making pies. The shiny metal pans keep the crust from browning properly.
  • Tart pans often times have removable bottoms. They always have straight sides and a stronger crust so that they can stand up alone without a dish for support. Very often they are small individual servings size.
  1. Baking:

  • Once again chill dough for about 30 minutes because pie crusts that are baked right after shaping, are warm enough for the butter to melt to quickly in the oven, causing the edge to sink or even slump over the edge of the pie pan.
  •  Bake the pie in the lower third of the oven. Generally, bake the pie at 425° for 15 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 350° and bake until the filling is cooked through, about 30 to 35 minutes more. Insert a knife tip to test if the pie is done.
  •  To prevent dark browning of the edges during baking, cover the pie edge with a 2 to 3-inch wide strip of aluminum foil, and mold lightly around the edge of the pie. Bake as directed, removing the aluminum foil 15 minutes before the end of the baking time.
  1. Glazes

    Pie and Tart Crust tipsGetting a golden color pie crust usually depends on the glaze you brush on top. For any glaze, only apply a thin coating with a pastry brush.

  • Milk or Cream – An even reddish-brown color with a fairly matte finish.
  • Whole Egg, Beaten – plus add a teaspoon of water for intense yellow-golden color with a shiny finish.
  • Egg Yolk, Beaten – plus add a teaspoon of water for deep golden brown color with a highly glossy finish.
  • Egg White – plus add a teaspoon of water for no color, but a very shiny finish. We use egg whites when we’re planning on sprinkling the crust with sugar. It helps the sugar stick and makes the pie look sparkly.
  1. Tips for a Remarkable Finish:

  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsAttractive Lattice Top- To make a lattice, roll out dough into a 12-inch square; using a fluted pastry wheel, cut the square into 1/2 to 3/4-inch-wide strips. Lay strips, spaced 1 inch apart, across the filling. Fold back every other strip almost to the edge; then, at the folds, place a new strip perpendicular to the first ones. Return the folded strips so they overlap the new strip. Fold back the other set of strips, stopping about 1 inch away from the first perpendicular strip; arrange another perpendicular strip at the folds. Continue until the lattice has been formed. Trim the overhanging strips so they are flush with the pie plate’s edge. Using a fork, seal the strips to the edge.
  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsHoneycomb Pattern- For a honeycomb pattern, cut out circles in the top crust with a small round cutter. Fold the bottom crust over the top, and seal.

 

  • Braided Edge Make a braided edge by cutting 3 12-inch-long, 1/4-inch-thick strips of dough and braiding them together. Brush the edge of the crust or the bottom of the braids with water; secure. Trim braids equal to the circumference. Glaze for a beautiful finish.
  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsFluted edge– Place the dough in pie plate. Trim the overhang to about 1 inch. Flute the crust by pressing a finger into the rim of the crust against two fingers on the other side of the crust to make an even impression. Repeat every ½ inch about the pie to create a ruffled edge.

 

  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsCut-Out ShapesUse cookie cutters or cut with your knife to make designs out of spare dough; then attach them with water. When you make the top crust with large decorative cut outs you should freeze, for only a few minutes, the top so that you can more easily move it without it becoming distorted or broken when moving.
  • Pie and Tart Crust tips
  • Always make deep slits in the top crust of fruit pie to allow the steam to escape and prevent the mix from bubbling over. You can make the cuts in a decorative design. These slits can be simple slashes or made with a cookie cutter design heart, flower, leaf and the cut outs can be used as a decoration. For more juicy pies always use the lattice style top or have large openings.
  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsTwo crust pie– Fold the edges of your dough under.After fitting the dough into the plate, cut off the excess, leaving an overhang of about ¾ to 1 inch (2 cm). Fold this under, using the scraps to patch any thin areas, and crimp. This has the added benefit of making the edges of the pie look very smooth and neat.
  • Scraps– Save the scraps to make tiny jam pies, turnovers, cinnamon cookies or save in the freezer for the next pie, there is no wasted dough.
  • Brush the unbaked bottom crust of a pie with a well-beaten egg white before filling with berries and other juicy fruits from making the pie bottoms mushy.
  • To prevent the bottom crust from getting soggy refrigerate the dough (in the pie plate) for 15 minutes before adding the filling. Also, sprinkle bottom crust with a mixture (about 1 tablespoon altogether) of equal parts sugar and flour before adding filling.

 8. Blind-Baking Basics 

  • Blind baking means pre-baking an empty pie crust before adding a filling. This is something you do if the filling itself isn’t going to be cooked, like a fruit tart or chocolate pie or if the filling will cook faster than the crust like with a Quiche. You can also either fully bake the crust or partially bake it so that it has a head start when the full pie goes in the oven.
  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsPlace the crust in the pie pan then prick the crust bottom with a fork to allow steam to escape evenly while cooking. Then chill the dough.

 

 

  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsLine the unbaked crust with parchment paper add dried beans or pie weights to help keep its shape, push the weights all the way to the pie edges to help keep the sides from collapsing during baking. You may use foil but some times it sticks, parchment paper never sticks. *These beans will no longer be of much use for making beans because they become so dry. Save them to use for many years in your pies. Without them, the crust will rise and puff on the bottom or slide down the sides under the weight of the crimped edge.
  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsMoisture-proof the crust by brushing it with a bit of egg white two or three minutes after it comes out of the oven.

 

  •  Bake the pie crust in a 425° oven until the edges are brown and golden. Allow 30-40 minutes for full baking or 25-35 minutes for partial baking or until the edge just begins to color. Remove pie weights halfway through cooking so the steam can escape and the bottom can fully cook. 

9. Baked Pies

  • Cool baked pies on a wire rack set on the counter. The rack allows air to circulate under the pie, preventing it from becoming soggy from the steam remaining it in.
  • Finished Pie: Pie dough may be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Frozen, up to 3 months.
  • Be sure to refrigerate finished pies containing eggs (pumpkin, custard and cream pies). Fruit pies store them loosely covered, in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. For Meringues cover with a large bowl high enough not to touch the pie. You cannot wrap them because they will stick to the wrapper and will weep or they become soggy.
  1. Tips for freezing:

  •  Pie and Tart Crust tipsDiscs of dough can be wrapped in plastic wrap and then in a ziplock bag can be stored in the freezer for months, and defrosted in the refrigerator overnight before they are rolled out. Rolled out crusts can be put into pie pans, frozen, and baked straight from the freezer when they are needed. They can also be rolled out and gently folded into quarters, frozen and used as desired. An unbaked crust will keep for 2 months in the freezer; a baked crust will keep for 4 months.
  • A frozen crust shrinks less than a freshly rolled crust when blind baked.
  • To thaw a baked pie crust, unwrap and let stand at room temperature, or heat in the oven at 350°F for about 6 minutes.
  • Don’t thaw unbaked crusts; bake them right out of the freezer.
  • Frozen Fruit pies and Tarts freeze well. Prepare the fruit pies according to your recipe, freeze immediately. Do not forget to label the frozen filings with the what it is and the date so that later you know which to use first.
  • To freeze an unbaked pie, wrap pie tightly or place in a plastic freezer bag (as you would a baked pie). Don’t cut slits in the top crust. Unbaked fruit pies will keep in the freezer up to 3 months. When you’re ready to bake, unwrap and carefully cut slits in the still-frozen top crust. Do not thaw first.
  • I like to place the finished filling (not in a crust) in a zip lock bag then place in a pie dish and freeze. Once frozen you take the frozen mixture out of the pan and easily stack many frozen filling.
  • When you remove the pan place the frozen fruit in a second bag to prevent freezer burn. Just place the frozen fruit in your fresh pie crust and continue as before.
  • When you want to bake your complete frozen pie, place in a pie crust then transfer it straight from the freezer to a hot oven. By not defrosting them first, you are protecting them against sogginess because the crust starts to bake and firm up before the fruit begins to give off juices.
  • When you use frozen fruit with a fresh dough bake or with the entire pie is frozen bake at 425°F for 15 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°F and bake 30 to 45 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and juice begins to bubble through the slit.
  • Protect the crust with foil or pie guard because the frozen pie will be baking a little longer and the edges will get over dark.
  • **Do not forget that a frozen Pyrex may crack when it hits the high heat so allow it to thaw slightly before baking.
  • Freeze your pie uncovered for several hours, then placing them in the freezer bags. 
  • If you want to freeze a baked pie, wrap it in a double layer of foil before placing it in the freezer. When you want to serve the pie, unwrap and thaw it at room temperature for about 3 hours. Then bake the pie at 425 degrees F for about 15 minutes to give it a fresh, crisp flavor.
  • Pie and Tart Crust tipsHow to freeze custard pies filling and the pie shell. The best way to freeze custard style pies, for example, pumpkin, or chocolate, and other custard style pies, prepare the mixture as normal, then place custard mixture in a clean, airtight container and put it in the coldest part of your freezer. If allowed to sit even overnight in the refrigerator, the pumpkin can start to ferment, thickening the custard and eventually giving it a sour flavor.
  • Put the custard and crust together at the last moment. The day before you are planning to bake the pie, pull it from the freezer; allow to thaw in the refrigerator, not at room temperature. The next day, blind bake the pie shell and then add the filling and finish baking.

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