We Tried 6 Ways of Making Flaky Pie Crust and Found an Absolute WinnerSkills
Your Thanksgiving pie will thank you.
How To Freeze Pumpkin PieSkills
Let me tell you the secret to holiday baking success: You can fully bake pumpkin pies right now and freeze them to enjoy later. Because of their fat content, fully baked pie crusts freeze beautifully, and the rich custard fillings of pumpkin pie and sweet potato seem as if they were designed to be frozen, too. Follow these tips to learn how to freeze a pumpkin pie—and defrost it perfectly when you’re ready to serve. Cool the pie completely.
The One Easy Step That'll Help You Crimp Pie Crust Like a Pro BakerSkills
Crimping a pie crust is like putting on a piece of statement jewelry before you leave the house. It’s strictly decorative and won’t make your pie any tastier (or will it?), but looks oh-so nice for your pie presentation.There are, in fact, a few keys to knowing how to crimp pie crust like a professional.
4 Signs Your Pumpkin Pie is Ready to Come Out of the OvenSkills
Give it a nice wiggle to see if it's ready to be served.
The 15 Best Types of Pie You Should Know AboutSkills
What's your favorite slice?
The Best Way to Store Pumpkin PieSkills
Whether you're making your pies ahead for Thanksgiving or you want to preserve the leftovers, we have answer for you.
How to Make and Store All Your Thanksgiving Pies Ahead of TimeSkills
Making your Thanksgiving pies ahead of time can be a lifesaver, but there's a right and wrong way to do it.
Two Ways to Transfer Pie DoughSkills
With Fall being high time for pies and Thanksgiving getting closer, we thought we’d talk about pie crust. No, not about the ingredients (butter vs. shortening) or how to roll it out but rather how to get that floppy round of dough from your countertop to your baking dish. Here are two sensible options, illustrated in some great Flickr photos we found.
You’re Using Pie Weights All Wrong. Here’s How to Really Do It.Skills
This is a total game-changer when it comes to the perfect pie crust.
Feb 13, 2023
The Foolproof Hack for Perfectly Even Crumb Crusts Skills
The secret to perfectly even graham cracker crusts? Check your kitchen cabinets.
Feb 15, 2023
5 Fun Alternatives to Graham Cracker CrustsSkills
My favorite part of a pie or tart, hands-down, is the crust. In fact, if there’s a double crust, I’m even happier. And while graham cracker pie crust is one of the easiest crusts to make, don’t forget that there is a whole world of other fun possibilities out there that are equally delicious. Pretty much any crunchy thing that’s cookie or cracker-like can work in as a pie crust. You just have to grind it up, mix it with some butter to hold it together, and press and bake.
Dec 3, 2022
Pie vs. Tart: What’s the Difference?Skills
Our Pie Bakeoff is in full swing (have you entered your best pie yet?) For the next few weeks we are running posts each day with different types of pie recipes, tips and inspiration, and soon we will begin posting entries from the contest.The question has been posed, May I enter the bakeoff with a tart? The answer is yes. While pies and tarts are two distinct things, they are close enough cousins that we will accept them both. A galette is another cousin who is invited to party.
Nov 30, 2022
This Simple Trick Will Guarantee a Perfect Pie Crust Every Single TimeSkills
Just like the professionals!
Nov 22, 2022
Galettes Are Way Easier than Pie. Here's Why. Skills
This rustic dessert is easy and delicious.
Nov 9, 2022
The 6 Best Apples for Apple PieSkills
Choose a mix of sweet and tart apples from this list for the ultimate apple pie.
Oct 15, 2022
How to Store Pecan Pie So It Stays Delicious and SafeSkills
Whether you made it (or bought it) ahead or have leftovers, here's how to safely store pecan pie.
Sep 8, 2022
What Exactly Is Chess PieSkills
Its origins may be debatable, but the appeal of this sweet and creamy pie is never in question. Here’s what you need to know.
Sep 8, 2022
The Easiest Way to Make a Tart Shell — No Tart Pan RequiredSkills
Try this simple trick for quick and easy tarts.
Jul 27, 2022
What’s the Difference Between a Cobbler, Crumble, and Crisp?Skills
Here's everything you've ever wanted to know, including how they get their names.
Jun 6, 2022
8 Things You Didn't Know You Could Use to Make a Pie CrustSkills
Pretzel pie crust? Yes, please!
Jun 9, 2022
I Just Found Out That the Tortilla Press Is a Brilliant Time-Saving Hack When Making PiesSkills
Filing this under things I wish I knew sooner.
Jun 3, 2022
Bakewell Tart: A Scrumptious, Jammy TreatSkills
Have you caught the jam-making bug this summer? In the past week, we’ve put up batches of strawberry, cherry, peach, and plum jam, and there’s no sign of stopping! If you’re like us, you might be wondering what to do with this abundance of preserves. Say hello to the bakewell tart.Deliciously textured and the perfect way to show off your seasonal preserves, this classic English pastry consists of a shortcrust base, a layer of jam, and an almond frangipane sponge.
May 12, 2022
This Hack Shows You How to Get Perfect Mini Pie CrustsSkills
And it uses an unexpected item you most likely have on hand!
Mar 28, 2022
This Brilliant Hack Will Forever Change How We Slice PieSkills
You'll wonder why you didn't know this sooner.
Mar 18, 2022
This Super-Easy Pie Hack Will Take the Hard Work Out of DessertSkills
Never spend hours baking a pie again.
Mar 11, 2022
For the Best Crust, Pour Hot Water on Your Peach Cobbler (No, Really)Skills
Take a leap of watery faith.
Jul 19, 2021
The One Thing Your Summer Fruit Crisp Is Missing (It Makes the Topping So Much Better!)Skills
It makes the buttery streusel topping so much better.
Jul 13, 2021
We Tried 6 Methods for Blind Baking a Pie Crust and the Winner Was a Sweet Surprise
Skills Showdown
Ahead of all the cool, creamy pies we plan to bake this spring and summer, we put 6 popular methods for binding baking pie crusts to the test.
Mar 12, 2021
Erin McDowell Literally Wrote the Book on Pie — Here’s Everything She Learned Along the WaySkills
Here are her 10 tips for better pies.
Nov 18, 2020
The Most Eye-Catching Pumpkin Pie, Thanks to 2 Easy Upgrades
Thanksgiving Food Fest
It's almost too pretty to eat.
Nov 17, 2020
This Fancy French Technique Will Give You the Flakiest Pie Dough
Thanksgiving Food Fest 2020
But it is incredibly easy and doesn't require any fancy tools.
Nov 17, 2020
The Best Pie Crust Decoration Is Also the Easiest
Thanksgiving Food Fest 2020
Never waste those precious pie scraps again!
Nov 16, 2020
How a Pan of Sugar Can Help Test Your Oven for Hot Spots Skills
Plus, a great way to use the sugar when you're done!
Oct 17, 2020
Ina Garten Shares Her Secret to the Crispiest, Creamiest Hash BrownsSkills
"The easiest and most delicious hash browns you’ll ever make.”
Oct 2, 2020
The One Ingredient You’re Not Adding to Pie Crust (but You Really Should)
Tips from The Kitchn
What baking powder does for biscuits, it can also do for pie.
Sep 22, 2020
Stop! You’re Freezing Your Pie Fillings All Wrong.Skills
Make a fruit-filling frisbee and reap the rewards later.
Jul 2, 2020
We Tried 6 Ways to Brown Pie Crust and Found a Clear Winner
Skills Showdown
We rated them based on color, sheen, and consistency of browning.
Dec 18, 2019
4 Tips for Making a *Much* Better Apple PieSkills
No more shrunken filling or soggy crusts!
Nov 14, 2019
Not Sure What to Do with Leftover Pie Dough? Make Pie Scrap Cookies.
Cookbook Club
Pie scraps can be a problem. Fortunately, the solution is delicious.
Nov 12, 2019
The 2-Ingredient Topping That Makes Every Pie Look AmazingSkills
This little tip from Sister Pie is totally changing our baking.
Nov 11, 2019
Why November Is the Best Month for a Pie PotluckSkills
Forget turkey, just make PIE for your Friendsgiving potluck this year!
Nov 9, 2019
The Secret to the Best Ever Apple Crisp? It's Actually Miso.Skills
No, really. You've got to try this.
Oct 29, 2019
Our 15 Best Tips for Making Perfect PiesSkills
We make a lot of pies here at The Kitchn — which is great, because practice makes perfect when it comes to pie-making. Along the way, we’ve picked up quite a few tips and tricks for the perfect pie, from rolling it to freezing it to cutting that tricky first slice. Whether you’re an absolute beginner or a pie-baking pro, you’ll learn something new from these 15 tips.
Jun 5, 2019
5 Tips to Avoid Soggy Summer Fruit PiesSkills
It’s that time of the year again: summer berries, cherries and even peaches are starting to make their way into farmers markets and grocery stores. And with that comes summer pies! Recently I’ve had a few Marge customers write to me asking how we achieve fruit fillings that aren’t runny or overly gummy or starchy.
Jun 5, 2019
Food Science: The Anatomy of a Pie CrustSkills
While you’re busy dreaming up delicious pies to serve at your holiday dinners – or submit to our Best Pie Bake Off! – we thought we’d give you a tour of the part of the pie that sometimes gives us trouble (or nightmares): the crust!At its most basic, pie crust is nothing more than flour, fat, and liquid. But if that’s all it is, why is pie crust so notoriously difficult to make by hand?
May 3, 2019
Do-Ahead Holiday Baking: 3 Ways to Make Pies and Pie Dough in AdvanceSkills
Pies are the component of the holiday meal that I look forward to the most. They’re something we don’t generally indulge in on average weeknights (or weekends, for that matter) and they seem like such a celebratory dessert, such a happy dessert. So why not make life a little easier this year by doing your pies in advance so you don’t have to think about them on Thanksgiving morning? Here are three ways to get your pies done now so you can enjoy them later! 1.
May 2, 2019
The Best Squash For Pumpkin Pie Is… (Hint: It’s Not Pumpkin)Skills
Go figure. Pumpkin pie is best when it’s, well, not made with pumpkin, according to Melissa Clark. She tested a bunch of pumpkin and squash varieties to determine which one would provide the freshest, sweetest flavor. And the winner is…Melissa said that butternut squash ‘pumpkin’ pie was “deep and richly flavored, sweet, with relatively smooth flesh that is easy to purée.
May 2, 2019
5 Ways to Prevent Soggy Pie CrustSkills
From apple to pecan, here's how to keep your crust crisp.
May 1, 2019
5 Common Pie Thickeners and How They WorkSkills
Besides a flaky crust, getting the filling in fruit pies to thicken up but not turn into a gluey mess requires some know-how about different thickeners, how they work, and what works best for the particular pie that you’re making. Here’s a guide to five common thickeners so you can make the right choice when deciding how to thicken your classic apple pie or triple-berry summer pie. So how does starch thicken pie filling anyway?
May 1, 2019
How Do You Successfully Incorporate Coconut Oil into Pie Crusts?Skills
Q: How do you successfully incorporate coconut oil into pie crusts? My crust recipe requires that you refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes (you can also freeze it up to three months before using). As soon as I did that, the coconut oil coagulated and I ended up with tiny pebbles of coconut oil in my crust as I rolled it out. I ended up picking them out and tossing them aside, as they were ripping holes in my crust.
May 1, 2019
Why I Finally Quit Making My Own Pie Dough and Switched to Store-BoughtSkills
I know what you’re going to say: “But pie dough is so easy! But homemade is so much better than store-bought! But you’re a food writer, how could you?” I hear you. I even agree with you. I’ve made a few of those arguments myself. But I’ve been wrestling with this for a long time and I just need to get it off my chest: I love pie, but I hate making pie dough. With a passion. I’ve gone through all the stages of grief on this one.
May 1, 2019
Why You Should Cook Your Apples for Apple PieSkills
We’re in the midst of prime time for apple-pie baking. And with Thanksgiving on the horizon, there’s something important you should know about making this classic dessert: it’s about all making your apple pie filling. If you’ve been filling your apple pies with raw, thin slices of fruit, it’s time to rethink your strategy. Sautéeing the apples along with sugar and spices will add a deep, rich caramelized flavor to your pie.
May 1, 2019
Your Pie Cheat SheetSkills
It may seem like the only equation you need for figuring out how much pie to have for Thanksgiving is pie + more pie = enough pie. After all, extra pie is the easiest way to ensure there’s enough for a slice the next morning. We’re with you — next-day pie for breakfast is always a good idea. Nevertheless, planning takes priority in some situations, so it’s also a good idea to know how many pies to have on hand.
May 1, 2019
5 Gorgeous Ways to Decorate a PieSkills
Ah, the humble pie. Whether it’s a free-form galette, a double-crust slab, or a lattice-topped number, pies always maintain an air of rustic charm. But if you’re getting more comfortable with pie dough and are itching to try out something new, we’ve got your covered. Here are five pretty and unique ways to make your pie crust stand out. On butter: When making decorative pie crust, steer clear of an all-butter crust.
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making QuicheSkills
Quiche fits the bill any time of day, be it breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. You can make it rich and decadent, with the butteriest crust and heaps of cheese, or you can lighten it up and pack it with flavorful veggies. Whichever way you choose, it’s a guaranteed hit. That is, as long as you avoid a few common quiche-making mistakes. Baking a quiche is really quite simple. In its most basic form, it’s a custard of eggs and milk baked in a pie crust.
May 1, 2019
5 Ways to Make Dinner with Pie DoughSkills
I always try to have pie dough in the freezer at all times. It’s not only helpful to have around when it comes to making dessert, but it’s also a lifesaver when it comes to making a fast dinner. And I am not just talking about using the dough to make a quiche or savory galette — it has a slew of other dinnertime uses that you might not have thought of.
May 1, 2019
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Making a Better Pumpkin PieSkills
Pumpkin pie is the quintessential Thanksgiving dessert. This custard pie might taste complex, but it’s simply an accumulation of smart shopping, thoughtful preparations, and patience. Here’s a primer for baking a pumpkin pie from scratch. We’re looking at pumpkin pie from the crust to the filling and sharing a few tips on the details in between. We’ll start with the filling and end with ways to primp the pie before serving.
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Sweet Potato PieSkills
Sweet potato pie is the sweeter, creamier Southern cousin of pumpkin pie. And it’s the antidote for pumpkin spice haters. While sweet potato pie does require cooking a few sweet potatoes, it doesn’t require cooking the filling, and if you’ve got a tart pan you can skip blind baking the crust. While sweet potato pie is a near perfect replacement for pumpkin pie, there are still a few missteps you’ll want to avoid on your path to pie perfection.
May 1, 2019
5 Spice Blends to Use in Place of Pumpkin Pie SpiceSkills
Now that we’ve made it to November, perhaps you’re growing weary of pumpkin spice, well, everything. Not to worry, though, because there are a handful of spice blends out there that just might rival that classic combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove. They may seem unconventional in your pumpkin pie or muffins, but give one a try and I guarantee that your taste buds will delight in the vast world of flavors beyond pumpkin pie spice.
May 1, 2019
A Great Vegan Pumpkin Pie: Everything You Need to Make OneSkills
Every host has at least one diner coming to Thanksgiving with a dietary restriction. While the main event isn’t vegan (although, if you need one, try this root vegetable pot pie), most of the other dishes on the table are easily adapted to be enjoyed by both vegans and non-vegans alike. But what about the pumpkin pie? Pie crust is easily made vegan with a switch of butter to vegetable shortening or even oil.
May 1, 2019
5 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Pumpkin PieSkills
Pumpkin pie is an icon of the Thanksgiving table, a dish of rich pumpkin custard fragrant with warm cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves wrapped in flaky pastry crust. Served with a generous dollop of whipped cream, there aren’t many slices of pie so universally loved. But even pro bakers know that a near-perfect pumpkin pie requires a few special considerations to take it from ordinary to memorable. Here are five mistakes to avoid when baking your holiday pie.
May 1, 2019
6 Mistakes to Avoid When Making Fruit CobblerSkills
Cobbler is one of those scrappy recipes beloved for its ability to transform fresh fruit and pantry staples into a well-loved dessert, while simultaneously being un-screw-up-able. Although, like many casual desserts, cobbler can be mastered or ruined by just a few key choices. Today, we’re going to tackle the six most common things you shouldn’t do so your cobbler turns out beautifully every time.
May 1, 2019
The Best Ingredient to Use When Blind Baking a Pie (It’s Not Beans)Skills
Mid-winter is ideal pie time, in my opinion. There might not be the swath of ripe berries and stone fruits of summer, but the weather is cool enough to justify cranking up the oven and making the most of winter citrus. And blind baking — or letting the pie crust bake for a bit on its own before you add the filling — is a key step in the process. One of the most common ways to blind-bake a pie is to use dried beans to weigh down the crust as it bakes.
Apr 30, 2019
These Magical Pies Look Just Like Disney PrincessesSkills
When I was a little girl, I thought there was nothing cooler than one of those cakes with a doll stuck in the middle of it, so it looked like the doll was wearing a big dress made out of red velvet and buttercream frosting. If the doll could be made to look like a Disney Princess, that was even better. Now a culinary genius named Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin has taken the doll-in-a-ball-gown cake concept and made it even cooler, because hers are made entirely out of pie.
Dec 4, 2017
Twitter Is Freaking Out Over This Clear Pumpkin PieSkills
Just when we thought the world had hit its pumpkin spice peak, a baffling new fall treat has sent the internet into a frenzy. Enter: clear pumpkin pie, a madcap creation from the chefs at Alinea What looks like gelatin poured into a pie crust is actually pumpkin pie that has been distilled into a totally transparent jello-like confection. Allegedly it tastes like real pumpkin and not pumpkin spice or pumpkin-flavored gelatin. (Yes, we’re still wrapping our minds around this one, too.
Oct 30, 2017
An Ingenious Trick for Easy Fruit Crumble All Summer LongSkills
Crumbles make the most of the bounty of summer berries and stone fruit, transforming them into a striking yet straightforward dessert we’d happily eat all season long. It doesn’t take much convincing to put one of these together, but when we learned there was an even easier way to have our crumbles (thanks to a tip from one of our readers), a whole world of crumbles opened up to us, ready to be prepared without much effort whenever the craving struck. The secret weapon? Your freezer.
Jul 4, 2017