Kira’s Pro Pie-Making Tips

Piemaker Kira O’Donnell Babich offers some great ideas.
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Kira O'Donnell Babich

Have you ever made a pie and it did not come out how you wanted? Check out some tips from piemaker Kira O’Donnell Babich.

Make it a group effort

“Old-school, by-hand pie-making is labor-intensive—but that’s why the results are so incomparably delicious. I would suggest that people turn pie making into a team effort (someone makes the dough, someone else cuts the fruit). What a great family project!”

Pre-make the dough

“When you have a lazy Sunday afternoon, make a big batch of pie dough, divide it, roll it out in circular pieces and freeze. Then when you decide to make a pie or galette, the dough is all ready for you.”

Pre-make the filling

“If you have a big pile of beautiful ripe fruit (maybe you bought too much at the farmers market), turn it into pie filling, divide into individual aluminum pie tins and freeze. When you want to make a pie, you just slip that fruit filling ‘puck’ into a prepared pie bottom.”

Freeze and bake

“You can also make an entire fruit pie and simply freeze it. When you’re ready to bake, move it directly into the oven—no need to defrost it.”

Fear not

“Jumping into pie making may seem daunting, but you can do it! Don’t be afraid of the process—the results are so marvelous. And teach your kids to bake! The art of pie making really needs to endure in this chaotic and crazy world we live in—think of the comfort and joy that pie brings to people.”