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Novice mistake: how do I dry out a soggy crust?

I've never baked pie before, so I made a novice mistake:
After the pie finished baking (the crust was flaky and perfect!), I placed it covered in the fridge before it finished cooling. This morning, I took the pie out and the crust was completely soggy! Is it possible to dry out the crust somehow so it's close to as flaky as it was the night before? I think I may return it to the oven at 175?F and try to dry it out like meringue. Any suggestions?

asked by Rachel C. about 3 years ago
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added about 3 years ago

Unfortunately you may have to start over on the pie. The moisture will evaporate from the top of the pie and overcook the top crust and you'll get a crumbly, overdone texture on top. Next time, make sure it completely cools before cutting into it or storing it.

Another trick that you may want to try that I have used with great success: Crack an egg directly in your pie crust, , prior to adding the filling. Swirl it around until the bottom is coated and tip the remainder into a bowl. Then add your filling to the shell. This egg coating acts as a barrier to prevent your filling from getting the bottom soggy. Use the remaining egg as a wash for the top crust. Hope that helps!

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Maedl

Margie is a trusted home cook immersed in German foodways.

added about 3 years ago

I don't think there is much you can do to restore the crust at this point, although it won't hurt to try. Perhaps set the pie pan on a pizza stone to maximize the heat at the bottom and see if that does anything. I don't have much hope. Did you blind bake the crust before you added the filling? That is one way to avoid soggy bottoms. Also, rather than break the egg directly into the pie crust, I would break it into a bowl, mix it up and then apply to crust with a pastry brush.

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Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

Hard to fix a soggy crust. One idea for saving your pie is to discard the top crust and replace it with a light crumb topping. You don't want a thick topping, as the rest of the pie has already spent time in the oven and you don't want to over-cook it.

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Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

p.s. Sorry, meant to add: so you cut off the top crust, sprinkle on the crumb topping, then put the pie under the broiler in your oven to brown the topping. Keep the oven door slightly open and watch constantly. Once your broiler is hot, it should only take a few minutes.