Secrets to the perfect pie

December 21, 2007 12:00:00 AM PST
Is the pressure on to make the perfect pie? Learn the top five secrets to preparing a tasty, picture-perfect dessert pie!

Who doesn't love the perfect pie? We have the secrets that you need to know to make a pie just right. Sharing those secrets is Carla Unruh from Marie Callender's.

We do not have a specific recipe for Pumpkin pie because there are many tasty variations that these steps can apply to.

Tips For the Perfect Pumpkin Pie

  1. Start with a great crust. It must be flakey like Marie Callender's and have the right ratio of flour to shortening. You can also find the Marie Callender's crust, which is the next best thing to our fresh-made crust, in your grocer's freezer.

  2. Use quality pumpkin.

  3. The spices that you use make a huge difference. We use a high-end cinnamon (Saigon), high heat dry milk, corn starch, and pumpkin spices in our dry mix.

  4. Make your filling a day ahead of using it. This allows all of the ingredients to blend together and improves the flavor.

  5. Use ice cold water and cold, whole eggs.

  6. Use a rubber spatula when making the filling, and again just prior to using to stir the product. Do not use a wire whip. You do not want to add air into the filling. This could produce air bubbles, which may rise to the surface of the pie.

  7. Bake the pie the day you are going to eat it to ensure freshness.

If you don't want to be stuck in the kitchen making your own pies this holiday season, then simply visit a Marie Callender's restaurant and take-home one of your favorite pies. For more information or restaurant locations, call (800) 776-7437.
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About Marie Callender's:
Marie Callender's is of course known for their famous pies. With more than 30 pies to choose from, some of the most irresistible selections include classics like the Lemon Meringue, Banana Cream, Chocolate Cream, and traditional favorites such as Apple and Pumpkin Pie.