Flavour Pie Crusts With Zest Or Herbs To Take Your Dessert To The Next Level

Flavour Pie Crusts with Zest or Herbs to Take Your Dessert to the Next Level

When you bake a pie crust, most people's concerns are related to texture, rather than flavour, but a few simple add-ins can bump your crust game to super tasty heights.

Photo by Andrew Malone.

The key to flavoring pie crusts is to pick mix-ins that will compliment the filling, not detract from it. Dry spices, herbs, and citrus zest are all good picks, but you want to shy away from a lot of liquid, as that can majorly affect the texture of your crust. In terms of flavour combinations, Bon Appetit has a whole bunch (click the link below for the full list), but my personal favourites include:

  • 1 tsp. poppyseeds + 1 tsp. thyme leaves in crust, then add lemon meringue pie filling

  • ¼ tsp. ground allspice + ½ tsp. orange blossom water in crust, then add pumpkin or sweet potato pie filling

Besides being just plain tasty, this is a great way to balance out a super sweet filling. In addition to the great combos suggested below, I think a peach pie with a ginger-cardamom flavored crust (maybe with a little bit of peppercorn?) would be a little slice of heaven.

Why You Should Be Flavoring Your Pie Crust [Bon Appetit]


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