Not all of us have ovens, but for those of us who do, one of the more flexible things to bake other than the perfect cake is fruit pie. There's less stressing about hair's breadth perfection in pie-making because pies are expected to come out a little bit more rustic anyway compared to cakes. With homemade pies, you can invent or adjust fillings whether savory or sweet. There are multiple methods and recipes available for achieving shortcrust pastry, not just one way. There are also different tips and techniques in making the pie that can help avoid certain outcomes or make baking attempts in the kitchen a lot less frustrating. Check out our gallery of kitchen-tested, pie-making tips above before baking a pie for the first time to save you the hassle of certain mishaps you may encounter.
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Photography by author / Recipe, tips, and techniques adapted and adjusted from TIME-LIFE collection of cookbooks