Ask any seasoned baker around and they’ll tell you that creating the perfect pie is an art that takes practice—especially when it comes to the crust. Luckily, we’re dishing out four tips to help make sure you master your next pie crust using Kodiak Cakes. Plus, three of our best Thanksgiving pie recipes to help you stand out at this year’s big turkey dinner.
PIE CRUST BAKING TIPS
Many crust recipes call for all-purpose or pastry flours that offer lower amounts of protein compared to Kodiak Cakes products. While these are traditional options, you can actually substitute in Kodiak Cakes and get an equally delicious result. Using Kodiak Cakes not only packs in more protein than other flour alternatives, but you can also count on wholesome nutrition from 100% whole grains with each bite! Here are four steps to help you master your Thanksgiving pie crust using Kodiak Cakes:
Add ¼ cup vital wheat gluten to your pie dough to give it strength and elasticity when it comes time to roll it out.
Roll your dough out between two sheets of floured parchment paper to prevent sticking.
Chill your dough after mixing, and each time after rolling it out to allow the gluten to relax, which results in a more stretchy and flaky dough.
“Blind-baking” or pre-baking your dough with pie weights or dried beans before adding the filling will keep the bottom of your pie crust from becoming soggy.
Nothing can quite top a good apple pie, and our Thanksgiving Apple Pie recipe is evidence of that. This recipe has all the appeal of a traditional apple pie, with sweet slices of Granny Smith that are perfectly balanced alongside savory spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. What sets it apart, however, is a crust made using Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes to boost the nutrition in each slice with 100% whole grains and protein.
Thanksgiving Dinner wouldn’t be complete without a slice of pumpkin pie. Our Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie recipe brings that nostalgic taste of pumpkin to the table while using Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Power Cakes to make a more wholesome pie crust. Add a sweet garnish like sugar-coated cranberries or a side of whipped cream to make your pie one Thanksgiving guests won’t forget.
Baking your own pie doesn’t have to be a big to-do. If you need a simple, yet oh-so-delightful pie to serve at your Thanksgiving dinner party, look no further than our S’mores Pudding Pie. This recipe uses crushed Kodiak Cakes Honey Bear Bites as a quick pie crust and features a smooth chocolate pudding filling. Top with roasted marshmallows to add a finishing touch that brings back memories of summer nights spent around a campfire.