When baking a pie, I used to protect the crust from overbrowning by wrapping small strips of foil over the edges midway through baking. Not only was trying to wrap bits of foil onto a blazing hot pie pan difficult and dangerous, but at least one piece inevitably fell off during the trip in or out of the oven. What a relief to learn Rose Levy Berenbaum's why-didn't-I-think-of-it foolproof method for keeping pie crust edges from getting too brown.In The Pie and Pastry Bible, Beranbaum recommends cutting a circle of foil big enough to wrap over the pie and snipping out the center of the circle, forming a ring that securely protects the edges. It's just as quick as tearing off small strips of foil and way less fiddly. Simple and ingenious!
I'm doing a lot of pie-baking this summer and I can't recommend Beranbaum's book enough for its straightforward advice on making the very best pies.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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