While there are many things that can go wrong when making a pie, the crust is usually the culprit. Whether it's shrunken, tough, or just plain ugly, a bad crust can ruin an otherwise perfect pie. But with a few tips and tricks, you can learn how to roll out perfect pie crust every time. Follow these simple steps, and your pies will be the talk of the dish!
Roll the crust out evenly, starting in the center and finishing at the edges.
The first step is to roll out the dough evenly, starting in the center and finishing at the edges. To do this, alternate rolling from one side of your pie pan to another—then crossover and roll out again. The crust should be about 12 inches in diameter before you start using it as a shell for filling and baking.
If your dough is too sticky, you can dust your board and rolling pin with flour (or rolling pin alternative
If your dough is too sticky, you can dust your board and rolling pin with flour. Use a pastry brush to dust the board and rolling pin with flour, then use a light hand when you roll out the dough. Don't use too much or too little—just enough to help it stick together while still allowing it to spread easily.
You can also try adding powdered sugar or cornmeal instead of using flaked salt if you're worried about having enough flavor in your crusts (and these ingredients won't dry out as quickly as salt does).
Roll out the dough to about 12 inches in diameter.
Now that you've brushed the inside of your pie plate with butter and lined it with parchment paper, it's time to roll out your dough. The goal is to make a circle about 12 inches in diameter (or slightly larger), although it's always better if you can get closer to 14 or 15 inches.
Don't roll it too thin: If you're not making a single-crust pie (which we'll talk about later), then don't worry too much about being precise here—but do try not to go any thinner than 1/8 inch thick! This will ensure that your pie doesn't crack when sliced into slices later on during baking.
Don't roll it too thick: You want this dough as thin as possible without tearing the dough apart with too much pressure when working with forks or knives after rolling out each piece individually; otherwise, everything will be unevenly shaped because there won't be enough room left between each piece of rolled-out dough after pressing down onto itself multiple times while trying desperately not to tear apart into pieces instead!
Don't overfill your pie.
When you're filling your pie, make sure that the filling doesn't spill over the edges of the crust. You should also be careful not to use too much filling and make it runny. If you do either of these things, your pie will not look as nice when it's done baking.
Crimp the edges with a fork or flute them with your fingers.
Crimping the edges of your pie crust is a great way to add some extra flavor and texture. To crimp, use a fork or your fingers. Crimping with a fork produces an ever-so-slightly more textured edge than using your fingers (which can be used if you want something more delicate).
Fluting is another way to make pies look professional—and this technique involves pressing down on the dough in order for it to fold over itself like flower petals around the base of the crust. Use fluting as an opportunity for creativity! You could make little swirls or patterns on top of each piece as well as anywhere else on your pie that looks good; just don't do too much because these are only for decoration!
Rolling pins are not strictly necessary for rolling out a pie crust.
The rolling pin is not strictly necessary for rolling out a pie crust, but it does make things easier. A wine bottle works well as a rolling pin substitute
, and you can also use glass, plastic, or metal containers with lids if you don't have access to one of these options.
If there's no other choice than using your kitchen utensils (or DIY rolling pin substitute
), take care that they are clean and dry before trying to use them on your pie crusts!
So, there you have it - a foolproof guide to rolling out the perfect pie crust. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to create a crust that is both flaky and buttery. Give it a try the next time you bake a pie, and let us know how it turns out!