Custard and cream pies: a different solution
Prebaking — baking the pie crust before adding the filling — is your answer. Bake your crust, add the filling, and bake until the filling is done. I promise you, the crust won’t burn on the bottom; the filling will insulate it.
The main ingredients in pastry are flour and fat. The gluten in the flour gives pastry its texture, while fat offers flavour. If the fat melts before a strong gluten structure has formed, the pastry will end up soggy.
Can you blind bake a frozen pie crust?
Stella advocates lining a frozen crust with foil, filling with pie weights, and then baking at an even 350°F temperature for the entirety of the baking time. No removing of the pie weights mid way, no poking the bottom with a fork. It works!
Your (pie’s) bottom is soggy.
- It’s helpful to bake your pie in a glass-bottom dish so that you can see when the bottom is bronzed to your liking.
- Always par-bake the crust if the recipe calls for it.
- If your fruit filling seems extra wet, drain off a little bit of liquid before adding it to the pan.
But when it comes to making sure your crust is perfectly cooked, glass is best. Being able to look right through the pan to see the bottom of your pie is the easiest way to make sure it’s going to be cooked through.
How long do you blind bake pastry?
Line the tart tin with baking parchment and fill with ceramic baking beans or dried pulses. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the pastry is firm, then remove the beans and cook for about 5 minutes more, until golden brown and biscuity. Trim off any excess using a small serrated knife before filling.
What can you use in place of pie weights?
Pie Weight Substitutes
- Dried beans (it doesn’t matter what kind, just use what you have on hand)
- Dried rice.
- Granulated sugar.
- Popcorn kernels.