Pie is one of those things that some people just have a knack for. I am not so blessed. For those like me, there's a lot of stress surrounding the dessert, and these people should embrace galette.
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Pie making can be a challenge for cooks, especially with the (relatively) recent outburst of food allergies and intolerances. Everyone is allergic or intolerant of something, and it's difficult to please all of the people all of the time. In my family alone, there are four different people with five different "can't eat this" issues - one of them being gluten. But even the gluten-abstaining deserve pies, so we're taking a look at gluten-free crusts.
Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.
One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.
It turns out that, while I am a very enthusiastic pie maker, I am not very good at it. I have seen a very wide gamut of pie failures over my baking career. Overcooked and cracked crusts, soggy bottoms, burnt edges, foul soup inside a crust -- I've been there. And this isn't as isolated as you'd think. These are all common failures in one's journey to a perfect pie, and we can learn from them. So join me, and let's get to problem solving.
Pie crust recipes that don't list patience as an ingredient should be considered false advertising. Though I'm a deeply impatient person, I insist on making my own pie crust because my love for pie apparently outweighs my hate for waiting. Over the years, I've figured out how to produce flaky pastry without waiting around too much, and the key is to beat the heck out of chilled dough with a rolling pin.
There are a lot of tips for making perfect pie crust at home -- like using vodka instead of water -- but there's one trick for extra flaky crust that you may not be using, and it involves doing literally nothing.
I'm sure you've seen the glorious dessert known as the "piecaken," in which whole pies are baked inside cakes and stacked on top of each other. They're stunners for sure, but they're kind of annoying to make. Luckily, Krys Melo of Melodrama has miniaturized the whole process with mini pie cupcakes.