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A question about a recipe: Cook's Illustrated Foolproof Pie Crust

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I have a question about the recipe "Cook's Illustrated Foolproof Pie Crust" from Genius Recipes. Do you still pre-bake the crust if baking a pumpkin, pecan, or custard type pie?

asked by JANA L over 3 years ago
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added over 3 years ago

Can depend on the recipe. I have a pecan and sweet potato pie recipes that I don't pre-bake the crust

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added over 3 years ago

definitely depends. my mom used to bake pumpkin pies by first baking the crust in a pie tin and the custard in a pyrex pie plate. just before serving, she'd slide the custard into the crispy, perfect crust. any bit of mess at the edges she dealt with by piping on whipped cream. yum!

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added over 3 years ago

I usually blind-bake crusts of custard-type pies for 10 minutes or so (even if the recipe doesn't call for it), then cool before adding the filling. It helps set the bottom crust before adding the wet filling. You do have to be careful of overbrowning the edges of the crust if you do this, though.

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