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]