Pie: How to Achieve the Perfect Crust


We can’t deny the brilliance of a versatile carb. Sure, potatoes can be cooked any which way and there are a myriad of different breads to bake. However, we’re talking specifically about pie. Filled with sweet or savoury ingredients, this flaky crusted pastry is always a crowd-pleaser at a pot luck dinner. In today’s blog, we’ll talk about the various varieties of pie and how to achieve the perfect crust. 

The History of Pies

The word “pie” finds its source in the magpie. Named because of its assortment of fillings, pies and magpies both collect odds and ends. One such recipe called for exactly that: asking its bakers to include beef, beef suet, hens, ducks, rabbits, hard-cooked egg yolks, date, raisins, and prunes. 

Early pies, called galettes, had crusts made of ground oats, wheat, rye, or barley containing honey inside. Like the modern pastry, the could contain any number of ingredients. In fact, the oldest recipe for a chicken filling was found written on a table dating back to 2000 BC. 

Using the tart’s crust to preserve the juices of cooked birds and meats, Romans never intended to actually eat the flour based conduction. However, soon they would develop recipes that included a rye dough filled with goat’s cheese and honey. 

Eventually, pies would find themselves as a staple of traveling and working people. Being easy to make and easy to transport, the dough was transformed into a variety of easily mouldable shapes. One such being the famous Cornish pasty. 

While the crusts of the past were used to preserve the food inside, modern day baking is more of an “occasional undertaking” but still truly delicious when done!

Crust and Fillings

Coming in a variety of different shapes and sizes, these tarts are defined by their crusts. 

Adding onto these differences can be:

Filling-wise, bakers can choose between a sweet or savoury tart.

Sweet ingredients include:

Savoury ingredients comprise of:

Achieving the Perfect Pie Crust

Regardless of the type of pie you choose to bake, achieving the perfect crust is a must. Don’t fret — we have some tips for you!

Happy baking!

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Lydia B.

Lydia B.

Lydia B. is a Marketing Coordinator and Music Club Coach for Gooroo, a tutoring membership that matches students to tutors perfect for them based on their unique learning needs. Gooroo offers Math, English, SAT, Coding, Spanish tutoring, and more.