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!

  • Posted by: JJGood
  • November 23, 2016
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5 Comments

Smaug November 23, 2016
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.
 
Samantha W. November 23, 2016
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/18422-par-bake-your-double-crust-pies-join-the-anti-soggy-crust-crusade) as well as other ways to rid yourself of soggy pie bottoms. Nobody wants those!
 
Rose L. November 23, 2016
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.
 
JJGood November 23, 2016
Brilliant, thanks all!
 
Sarah J. November 23, 2016
Yes! We actually posted an article about this just recently: https://food52.com/blog/18422-par-bake-your-double-crust-pies-join-the-anti-soggy-crust-crusade

And this recipe (https://food52.com/recipes/6715-brown-butter-and-cheddar-apple-pie), which is one of my personal favorites, uses that same technique.

Good luck!
 
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