We’ve all been there. You’re at a potluck or family gathering, and someone brings out a pie that looks delicious.

But then you take a bite, and it’s clear that this pie is not freshly baked. It might be dry, or the crust might be soggy. Either way, it’s a disappointment. Here are three ways to tell if a pie is not freshly baked.

  1. The Crust Is Soggy or Falling Apart
    One of the most common signs that a pie is not freshly baked is a soggy or falling-apart crust.

    This can happen for a few reasons, but the most common is that the filling was too wet. When making fruit pies, be sure to drain any excess juice from the fruit so that it doesn’t make the crust soggy.

    Another reason for a soggy crust is that the filling was not cooked long enough, causing it to release moisture as it cools. For custard pies, be sure to bake them until the filling is set and does not jiggle when you shake the pan.

  2. The Filling Is Runny or Undercooked
    Related to point number one, another way to tell if your pie is not fresh is if the filling is runny or undercooked.

    This usually happens because the pie was not baked long enough. Be sure to check your recipe for the correct baking time and temperature, and use a thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the pie has reached the correct level.

  3. The Pie Is Dry
    A dry pie can be caused by several factors, but one of the most common is overbaking. If you leave your pie in the oven for too long, all of the moisture will evaporate and you’ll be left with a dry, crumbly mess.

    To avoid this, start checking your pies about 10 minutes before they’re supposed to be done. If they’re browning too quickly, tent them with foil so that they don’t overbake.

In Summary…

No one wants to bite into a dry, crumbly pie—but unfortunately, it’s all too common. To avoid serving your friends and family less-than-perfect pies, use these three tips to make sure your pies are freshly baked and delicious every time!

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