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4,670,874 views  I've made pies on the show before, but it's about time that I talk about the basics of making a really good pie - whether it's blueberry, apple, or pumpkin.

4 Servings

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INGREDIENTS

For the Standard Pie Crust:

For the Standard Pie Crust:

all purpose flour

6 ounces all purpose flour

kosher salt

1 tsp kosher salt

unsalted butter, frozen

1 stick unsalted butter, frozen

Ice water

Ice water

For the Double Pie Crust:

For the Double Pie Crust:

all purpose flour

10 ounces all purpose flour

kosher salt

1 tsp kosher salt

unsalted butter, frozen

2 sticks unsalted butter, frozen

Ice water

Ice water

beaten egg white

1 beaten egg white

Granulated sugar

Granulated sugar

For the Lattice Pie Crust

For the Lattice Pie Crust

all purpose flour

10 ounces all purpose flour

kosher salt

1 tsp kosher salt

unsalted butter (frozen)

2 sticks unsalted butter (frozen)

Ice water

Ice water

beaten egg white

1 beaten egg white

Granulated sugar

Granulated sugar

For the Apple Pie

For the Apple Pie

Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apples

3 pounds Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apples

Lemon juice

Lemon juice

sugar

¾ cup sugar

all purpose flour

2 ½ tbsp all purpose flour

Lemon zest

Lemon zest

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

freshly grated nutmeg

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

ground ginger

½ tsp ground ginger

cinnamon

1 tsp cinnamon

Allspice

Allspice

cloves, ground

cloves, ground

For the Pumpkin Pie

For the Pumpkin Pie

granulated sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

light brown sugar

½ cup light brown sugar

flour

1 tbsp flour

ground ginger

½ tsp ground ginger

ground allspice

½ tsp ground allspice

freshly grated nutmeg

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

cinnamon

1 tsp cinnamon

pumpkin puree

1 can pumpkin puree

eggs

3 eggs

heavy whipping cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

cloves

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

Maple syrup

Maple syrup

Whipped cream

Whipped cream

For the Blueberry Pie

For the Blueberry Pie

Fresh or frozen blueberries )

48 Fresh or frozen blueberries )

sugar

½ cup sugar

corn starch

¼ cup corn starch

Lemon zest

Lemon zest

DIRECTIONS

1.

For the Standard Pie Crust

1.

Combine all-purpose flour with kosher salt and dump it into a food processor using the blade attachment. Pulse a few times to combine.

all purpose flour

6 ounces all purpose flour

kosher salt

1 tsp kosher salt

2.

Using the grating attachment and allowing it to spin, press thoroughly frozen unsalted butter through the feed tube and into the flour mixture. Add mixture to a bowl. Toss to make sure that all of the butter is coated in flour.

unsalted butter, frozen

1 stick unsalted butter, frozen

3.

Slowly begin to add 1 tablespoon of ice water at a time to the mixture. The amount will depend on many different factors, so continue adding the ice water slowly and mixing the dough together until it just starts to hold its shape. It took about 15 tablespoons for me.

Ice water

Ice water

4.

Turn the dough out onto a flat, floured work surface and gently knead it into one cohesive mass. Don’t worry if the dough looks a little dry and crumbly because it will continue to hydrate once it is placed in the fridge.

5.

Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and pat it out into a thick round disc so that the dough is easier to roll out later. Place the dough into the fridge and let sit for at least 30 minutes.

6.

After 30 minutes has passed, the dough should be nice and firm and should look like it has hydrated nicely. In addition, it should be visibly dappled with little bits of butter. Take half of the dough, wrap with plastic, and place it back into the fridge for later.

7.

On a flat work surface that is covered with flour, and adding flour as needed, roll the dough out to a diameter that is one to two inches wider than the pie plate you intend to use.

8.

Once the dough is rolled out to your desired specifications, use your rolling pin to lift it up over countertop and transfer it over to your pie plate.

9.

Instead of pressing the pie dough into the corners, lift and drop it into the corners to avoid stretching the pie dough. Make sure that the dough is generously hanging over the sides of the plate. Trim off any excess dough on the edge of the pie plate and and wrap up the excess dough for later.

10.

“Flute” the edge of the pie crust by placing your finger and thumb on the crust and and pressing the dough up between them repeating around the circumference of the crust until you have achieved a pattern. Let sit in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

11.

Once 30 minutes has passed, line the pie dough with aluminum foil and fill it with the pie weight of your choice, such as rice or dry beans. Place in a 400°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly brown. Remove the foil and “dock” the crust by poking several little holes in the bottom of the crust using a fork. Place back into the oven for another 7 to 9 minutes until a little more golden brown.

12.

For the Double Pie Crust

1.

Combine all-purpose flour with kosher salt and dump it into a food processor using the blade attachment. Pulse a few times to combine.

all purpose flour

10 ounces all purpose flour

kosher salt

1 tsp kosher salt

2.

Using the grating attachment and allowing it to spin, press thoroughly frozen unsalted butter through the feed tube and into the flour mixture. Remove from processor and add mixture to a bowl. Toss to make sure that all of the butter is coated in flour.

unsalted butter, frozen

2 sticks unsalted butter, frozen

3.

Slowly begin to add 1 tablespoon of ice water at a time to the mixture. The amount will depend on many different factors, so continue adding the ice water slowly and mixing the dough together until it just starts to hold its shape. It took about 16 tablespoons for me.

Ice water

Ice water

4.

Turn the dough out onto a flat work surface and gently knead it into one cohesive mass. Don’t worry if the dough looks a little dry and crumbly because it will continue to hydrate once it is placed in the fridge. Take a knife and divide the dough into two slices.

5.

Wrap the dough in plastic and pat it out into a thick round disc so that the dough is easier to roll out later. Place the dough into the fridge and let sit for at least 30 minutes.

6.

After 30 minutes has passed, the dough should be nice and firm and should look like it has hydrated nicely. In addition, it should be visibly dappled with little bits of butter. Take half of the dough, wrap with plastic, and place it back into the fridge for later.

7.

On a flat work surface that is covered with flour, and adding flour as needed, roll the dough out to a diameter that is one to two inches wider than the pie plate you intend to use.

8.

Once the dough is rolled out to your desired specifications, use your rolling pin to lift it up over countertop and transfer it over to your pie plate.

9.

Instead of pressing the pie dough into the corners, lift and drop it into the corners to avoid stretching the pie dough. Make sure that the dough is generously hanging over the sides of the plate. Place it into the fridge and let sit for 30 minutes.

10.

Once 30 minutes has passed, line the pie dough with aluminum foil and fill it with the pie weight of your choice, such as rice. Place in a 400 degree Fahrenheit oven for 12 to 15 minutes until lightly brown. Remove the foil and “dock” the crust by poking several little holes in the bottom of the crust using a fork. Place back into the oven for another 7 to 9 minutes until a little more golden brown.

11.

After the crust is removed from the oven, let it cool for a few minutes before using a fork to poke and deflate any puff ups. Trim off the excess pie dough around the circumference.

12.

To make the additional layer of crust, roll out the other half of your dough to the same thinness and cover the filling making sure that it is evenly distributed. Trim off any excess dough and tuck it in gently underneath the par baked crust.

13.

Cut a couple of vents in the top of the dough and brush the entire thing down with a beaten egg white and sprinkle with a few pinches of granulated sugar.

beaten egg white

1 beaten egg white

Granulated sugar

Granulated sugar

14.

Place into a 425°F oven for 35 to 50 minutes. Let it cool for at least 4 hours.

15.

For the Lattice Pie Crust

1.

Combine all-purpose flour with kosher salt and dump it into a food processor using the blade attachment. Pulse a few times to combine. Set aside in a mixing bowl for later.

all purpose flour

10 ounces all purpose flour

kosher salt

1 tsp kosher salt

2.

Using the grating attachment and allowing it to spin, press thoroughly frozen unsalted butter through the feed tube and into the flour mixture. Toss to make sure that all of the butter is coated in flour.

unsalted butter (frozen)

2 sticks unsalted butter (frozen)

3.

Slowly begin to add ice water at a time to the mixture. The amount will depend on many different factors, so continue adding the ice water slowly and mixing the dough together until it just starts to hold its shape.

Ice water

Ice water

4.

Turn the dough out onto a flat work surface and gently knead it into one cohesive mass. Don’t worry if the dough looks a little dry and crumbly because it will continue to hydrate once it is placed in the fridge.

5.

Wrap the dough in plastic and pat it out into a thick round disc so that the dough is easier to roll out later. Place the dough into the fridge and let sit for at least 30 minutes.

6.

After 30 minutes has passed, the dough should be nice and firm and should look like it has hydrated nicely. In addition, it should be visibly dappled with little bits of butter. Take half of the dough, wrap with plastic, and place it back into the fridge for later.

7.

On a flat work surface that is covered with flour, and adding flour as needed, roll the dough out into a large rectangle and cut into 10 equally sized strips and add it to an additional pie crust that has been refrigerated and not baked just yet.

8.

Add your mixture to the crust and then lay 5 of your strips evenly and parallel to one another across the top of the pie. 1 in the center, 2 each to the right, and 2 each to the left.

9.

Lift up 2 of the strips and snake another strip in underneath them perpendicular. Then, lay those 2 strips back down on top of the new strip and repeat the process with the 3 strips that you didn’t pull back during the last round.

10.

Trim the edges, tuck them underneath the bottom crust nice and tight, and brush the surface down with beaten egg white and a few sprinkles of granulated sugar. Place in a 400°F oven for 30 to 45 minutes until deeply golden brown. Let cool completely before digging in.

beaten egg white

1 beaten egg white

Granulated sugar

Granulated sugar

11.

For the Apple Pie

1.

Start out by following the instructions above for the double homemade pie crust.

2.

Peel your apples and cut the apple flesh off of the core and slice into half-inch pieces. Then, place the apples into a large bowl and toss them with a little squeeze of lemon juice to prevent the apples from turning brown.

Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apples

3 pounds Honey Crisp or Granny Smith apples

Lemon juice

Lemon juice

3.

In a bowl, combine sugar, all-purpose flour, lemon zest, a pinch of kosher salt, freshly grated nutmeg, ground ginger, cinnamon, and a little sprinkling of both allspice and ground cloves.

sugar

¾ cup sugar

all purpose flour

2 ½ tbsp all purpose flour

Lemon zest

Lemon zest

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

freshly grated nutmeg

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

ground ginger

½ tsp ground ginger

cinnamon

1 tsp cinnamon

Allspice

Allspice

cloves, ground

cloves cloves, ground

4.

Use a tiny whisk and whisk together separately from the apples before pouring the mixture on top of the apples and tossing. Make sure that all of the apples are evenly coated in the mixture. Fill the pre-made pie crust (instructions above) with the apple filling.

5.

For a double-crusted apple pie, follow steps 5 through 15 under the pie crust recipe listed above.

6.

For the Pumpkin Pie

1.

Into a large bowl, combine granulated sugar, light brown sugar, flour, a pinch of kosher salt, ground ginger, ground allspice, freshly grated nutmeg, a little sprinkling of cloves, cinnamon, and a few twists of freshly ground pepper.

granulated sugar

½ cup granulated sugar

light brown sugar

½ cup light brown sugar

flour

1 tbsp flour

ground ginger

½ tsp ground ginger

ground allspice

½ tsp ground allspice

freshly grated nutmeg

½ tsp freshly grated nutmeg

cinnamon

1 tsp cinnamon

Kosher salt

Kosher salt

Freshly ground pepper

Freshly ground pepper

cloves

2.

In a separate bowl, whisk together canned pumpkin puree to the mix along with eggs and heavy whipping cream.

eggs

3 eggs

pumpkin puree

1 can pumpkin puree

heavy whipping cream

1 cup heavy whipping cream

3.

Next, add your premade pumpkin pie spice and mix together. For taste, add a little glug of maple syrup.

Maple syrup

Maple syrup

4.

Pour the mixture into the standard pie crust and place into a 400°F oven for 45 to 55 minutes. To prevent from burning, take the pie out of the oven at 25 minutes and wrap the edges of the crust in a thin strip of aluminum foil.

5.

Another 20 minutes later, the pie should be perfectly brown. To prevent the pie from cracking, take the pie out of the oven when the filling is only set around the outside two inches. The center should still be wobbly. Let it cool before digging in. Add a little bit of whipped cream to the top of the pie and enjoy!

Whipped cream

Whipped cream

6.

For the Blueberry Pie

1.

In a small bowl, whisk together sugar, corn starch, lemon zest. Combine this mixture with the bowl of blueberries and toss accordingly.

sugar

½ cup sugar

corn starch

¼ cup corn starch

Lemon zest

1 Lemon zest

Fresh or frozen blueberries )

48 Fresh or frozen blueberries )

2.

Add the blueberry mixture to your standard pie crust.

3.

Follow the steps for the lattice pie crust above.

4.

Bake at 400°F for 30 to 45 minutes until deeply golden brown. Allow to cool for at least four hours before digging in.

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