Games and Baking - Serving Pie with your Pie Town!

Planning a holiday get-together?  Today we’ll show you a fool-proof way to bake a delicious pie for the gaming crowd. 

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While it bakes, treat yourself to a game of Pie Town!

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If you’re in a hurry for your pie or already feeling like this looks like way too much work, skip straight to step 4 and see how Sara Erickson enjoys her pie!
 
You’ll need:

  • One pie pan (you can purchase a premade pie crust in a metal pan at the store if you don’t own a pie pan)
  • Premade pie crusts
  • An egg
  • A can or two of pie filling.  Look on the back of the can for directions about how many cans to use for one pie.  Two cans of apple or one can of cherry filled my pie up nicely
  • A can opener
  • A ruler, pizza cutter or cookie cutters

 
 
1) Follow the heating and cooking directions on the back of the can and turn on your oven.  I preheated the oven to 425 degrees F.
 
2) Carefully unroll one of your pie crusts and mold it gently into the pie pan.  There should be some extra crust hanging over the sides.
 
3) Crack that egg open and let just the egg white ooze into a bowl.  You won’t need the yolk.  Brush the crust with the egg white.  I don’t own a brush for this so I just wiped it on with a paper towel
 
4) Here’s the exciting part: use your can opener to open your can of pie filling and dump all that yumminess right into the pan.   Or, follow Sara Erickson’s advice and forget about the pie crust altogether.  Skip straight to this step and eat the pie filling straight out of the can!  Pie making complete!
 

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5) Now, you could roll out your second crust, plop it straight onto the top of your pie, cut a few slits in it, and call it good.  Or…you can be adventurous and use your mad cutting skills to impress your friends with your basket weaving technique.  Roll out that second crust and grab a ruler and a pizza cutter.  Use your tools to cut the crust into ½ inch wide strips. 
 

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6) Place the strips across the pie as shown all in one direction with about ½ inch between them.  Fold back half the strips and then place another strip perpendicular to the first ones. 
 
7) Fold the strips back over the new strip of dough. Continue folding back half the strips, placing a new strip across, and weaving the top of your crust.
 

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8) Before too long, ta-da!  Your basket weave is complete!  Now, cut the excess dough off the ends of the strips.
 

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9) Roll the edges up, squeezing the dough as you roll to make a nice tight seal around the edges of your pie. 

10) Finally, use an index finger from one hand and your thumb and index finger on the other hand to create a beautiful finished edge for the crust.   

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 11) Brush the top of your pie with more egg white, and pop it in the oven for 45-50 minutes.   Open up Pie Town and play while the air fills with the aroma of home baked pie. 
 
12) Peek in the oven after 20 minutes or so.  If the edges of the crust look like they’re going to burn, you can cover just the very edges of the crust with aluminum foil.  Let it continue baking until the top is golden brown and the filling is bubbly.   Take your amazing homemade pie out and let it cool for a bit before enjoying!  
 
Tip:  For an even simpler but still impressive crust, just cut holes in the top crust using cookie cutters before you place the crust on top of the pie!
Using a spoon instead of your index finger when crimpling the edges gives a nice consistent finish.

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Using a spoon instead of your index finger when crimpling the edges gives a nice consistent finish.

Serve with a side of Pie Town.  Enjoy!

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