It’s the week of Thanksgiving! That means the big day is fast approaching. In this holiday mini-series, we’ve already covering mistakes you can make with 1) planning your meal, 2) the turkey and 3) the side dishes. Finally, it’s time to dive into the best part of Thanksgiving dinner: dessert!
Read on below for how to avoid the most common mistakes when baking pies and other beloved post-turkey treats for your perfect Thanksgiving.
Mistake 1: Letting pastry ingredients get warm
The secret to perfectly flaky, delectable pie crust is keeping your pastry ice-cold. When you leave pastry ingredients out before baking and let them reach room temperature, that’s where you run into problems. To avoid disappointing crust, keep butter or shortening in the fridge until the last moment possible before you add fat to your recipe. Or, if you’ve already left it out, pop in back in the freezer for a few minutes. When it’s time to add water to your pie dough, fill a glass with ice water and then scoop out spoonfuls until your pastry dough reaches the perfect consistency to form a (chilly) ball.
Mistake 2: Leaving pie filling raw
Avoid your pies ending up with the dreaded “soggy bottom” by making sure you roast or cook fresh pumpkin, apples or any other fruit that’s full of moisture before adding it to other ingredients. Leaving them raw means the ingredients will release more juice onto the crust as your pie cooks, leaving a soggy, messy bottom once the pie has cooled. And trust us, no one wants a soggy bottom! However, if anything in your baking process does go wrong, never fear. Just apply copious amounts of whipped cream to hide any mistakes, blemishes or messy parts. The more whipped cream, the better.
Mistake 3: Only using canned whipped cream
Don’t think that canned or pre-packaged whipped cream is your only option at the Thanksgiving table. Provided you leave time in your meal prep plan, whipping up a bowl of fresh cream is simple, pun intended. Simply chill the beaters from you hand mixer and a bowl in the freezer for a few minutes, pour a carton of fresh whipping cream in and beat until stiff peaks form in the cream!