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MARYSUNSHINE1 is asking: (1 answer)
Does anyone think it's necessary to pre-bake my crust for pumpkin pie? I would like it to taste cooked and not doughy. Thanks for your thoughts.

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Last updated: Nov. 16, 2012 8:12 pm
Posted: Nov. 16, 2012 6:45 am
Answered by: Patty Cakes
Nov. 16, 2012 7:05 am
Good morning Sunshine! It is such a stressful time huh? Gosh:) I think you could blind bake that crust just fine be Careful with the top of the crust when you bake the whole thing, use foil to make sure it doesn't get Too brown. Good luck!!
Nov. 16, 2012 7:16 am
I have never prebake the crust for my pumpkin pies and they have always turned out fine. Prebaking would tend to cause the edges to get overly brown and then you have to mess with foil, etc. Pumpkin pie is one of the easiest desserts to make with very consistent results.
Nov. 16, 2012 7:58 am
Unlike cakes which should be baked in the middle of the oven pies should be baked on the lowest oven rack. This ensures that the crust will be baked thoroughly. You should not have a problem with a soggy crust if you use the lower rack.
Nov. 16, 2012 8:52 am
Guess it depends on your oven. I always bake pies on the middle rack (same place for cakes) and never had a problem. Lower rack tends to cause the bottom to overbrown before the rest is done (at least in my oven).
Nov. 16, 2012 11:04 am
I always bake the pie crust first. Then I brush it with egg wash and bake it for another couple of minutes; that helps create a moisture barrier so it doesn't end up as gummy. This article has good tips:
Nov. 16, 2012 11:10 am
Thanks, Doughgirl8. I have never blind bake my pumpkin pie crust but I will this year. Have a good holiday.
Nov. 16, 2012 2:10 pm
I agree with Goodfood. Never had a problem with my crust coming bad. This is the one pie that I do have to cover the edges of the crust to keep it from burning.
Nov. 16, 2012 4:24 pm
Thanks everyone for all your imput. It's all so helpful. I've never blind baked any pie crusts, but I do have somme pie shields that are much easier to use than little strips of foil that always seem to fall off. I will also check out the allrecipe article. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Nov. 16, 2012 8:12 pm
I have had no problem with using raw pie crust and never had to blind bake beforehand, but my MIL complains about her pie crust being uncooked and blind bakes them first, it could be oven temperature, or the pie crust or filling consistency.
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