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Can/should I par-bake the bottom crust on a double crust apple pie?

Want to avoid a soggy bottom, but also want to be able to crimp it nicely. Would love advice!

asked by JJGood 16 days ago
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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

added 16 days ago

Yes! We actually posted an article about this just recently: https://food52.com/blog...

And this recipe (https://food52.com/recipes...), which is one of my personal favorites, uses that same technique.

Good luck!

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Rose Levy Beranbaum

Rose is author of 10 books including The Baking Bible. Her blog realbakingwithrose.com has created an international baking community.

added 16 days ago

some people do this but it compromises the border when attaching the top crust. i'd prefer to preheat a baking stone for 45 minutes and/or bake on the lowest shelf in the oven.

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added 16 days ago

Brilliant, thanks all!

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Samantha Weiss Hills

Samantha is Food52's Partnerships Editor.

added 16 days ago

Hi! I'd say a resounding yes! Our resident pie expert Erin McDowell has lots of tips on the technique (here: https://food52.com/blog...) as well as other ways to rid yourself of soggy pie bottoms. Nobody wants those!

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added 16 days ago

You could but you really shouldn't need to. Aside from the standard measures (which I've always found quite sufficient) there was an article here recently about using almond paste to seal a bottom which you might look into. And maybe stay away from Honeycrisp apples, which have more moisture than most- they're awfully sweet for a pie anyway.