Maybe it’s just me, but when the weather starts getting colder, pies somehow taste better. Whether you’re talking about a creamy pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, an apple pie for a family get-together, or a pecan pie for Christmas, there are some common mistakes that most people make when making pies.
This year, avoid these five things to make the best pie you’ll ever bake and have everyone begging you for your secret!
1. Using whatever fruit you can find
Pies are only as good as the quality of filling inside them. If you aren’t using canned fruit filling, then make sure that the fruit is as close to its peak as possible, and make sure you take the ripeness into account when adding sugar for the filling! A super sweet pie is almost as bad as one that’s too tart.
2. Put it right in the oven
For the best, flakiest crust, put your pie in the freezer for 15 minutes before putting it in the oven. This will help make the butter firmer, which will then translate to a better-tasting crust!
3. Baking it on the top shelf
For the crispiest, most golden crust you should always bake your pie on the bottom shelf! There’s nothing worse than a soggy crust. Make sure you also put a baking sheet under the pie so if the filling bubbles over, you don’t end up with a mess in your oven.
4. Serve it hot
There are many things that are best served hot, like cookies and cocoa. Pie is not one of those. Give your pie a chance to cool before serving so the filling will set. If you are determined to serve it warm (and what can beat warm apple pie?) let it sit for an hour before you serve it.