How to Store Pies
Baking in Hot Weather
It’s unfair, isn’t it? With the exception of apples, all of the really wonderful pie-making fruits are in season during the summer months, when even eager bakers are swooning in the heat. Not only that: heat can make your pastry stick and split. Here’s how to stand the heat without getting out of the kitchen:
- Do your baking early in the morning or late in the evening, when temperatures are coolest.
- If you have air-conditioning in your kitchen, turn it on.
- Cut refrigerator-chilled butter into small pieces, then re-chill before cutting it into the dry ingredients.
- Chill your mixing bowl and utensils in the refrigerator before using them.
- Mix the dry ingredients, then place the mixture in the refrigerator for half an hour to chill.
- If you’re blending the butter and flour by hand, use your fingertips, not your palms, which are warmer.