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Here are some tips to ensure your favorite pie turns out perfect!
Nashville, Ark. – Homemade pie is one of the traditions we enjoy most this time of
the year. Whether you plan to have Pumpkin, Apple, Pecan or another favorite, perfect
pie making can be a little tricky. However, nothing is more impressive than a delicious
slice of pie to end a holiday meal. Here are some tips to ensure your favorite pie
turns out perfect!
Pumpkin pie is a custard type pie and should be prepared ahead of time,
if possible. Try mixing together the ingredients for the pie filling and refrigerating
it overnight or for several hours before pouring into the crust and baking. This allows
the ingredients to blend thoroughly and may help prevent “weeping,” or the release
of extra moisture, once the pie has been chilled. Other tips to help prevent “weeping”
Custard pies, including pumpkin, sometimes crack during baking. This happens when
the pie has been over-baked. The edges of the pie finish cooking before the center
has set; as the pie cools, it shrinks, forming cracks. Here are some tips to avoid
this common baking problem.
Remember, pumpkin pie is not the only option for Thanksgiving and holiday
meals. Many people enjoy sweet potato pie, butternut, or acorn pie instead. Be creative!
Whether you have made pies for years or you will be preparing your first
Thanksgiving dinner, consider baking a pie. They can be made ahead of time to save
you extra time on an already busy morning. Be sure to refrigerate any custard pies
once they have cooled to prevent the growth of potential harmful bacteria from the
eggs and milk in the custard.
For more information on safe holiday food preparation, contact the Howard
County Extension Office at 870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second
floor of the courthouse. Ask for the handout on Holiday Food Safety. The Cooperative
Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture
Research and Extension.
Many people are intimidated when it comes to making the crust. Often they opt for
premade crusts. However, it is pretty simple to make a flaky crust. Here is my favorite
crust, which was shared by my mother, Nelda Barton, a member of the Twilight EHC Club.
Warning, this crust will melt in your mouth!
Note: Follow your pie recipe for baking the crust. Many recipes will call for the
crust to bake as the pie filling bakes.
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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