Saturday, January 12, 2008

Easy Fixes for Kitchen Mishaps - Fix Cracked Piecrust with Granulated Sugar

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Problem: The pie dough ripped while you were rolling it out. You patted it back together, but the top of the pie now resembles a patchwork quilt.
Easy Fixes for 8 Common Kitchen Mishaps
Solution: Hide your handiwork. Lightly brush the dough with ice water, sprinkle it generously with granulated or turbinado (coarse) sugar, and press gently so the crystals adhere. Then bake as usual. No one will ever know that a rip is lurking beneath
Next Time: Rips occur when pastry dough lacks moisture
When dough has been rolled and starts to tear, she suggests brushing the surface lightly with water, folding it in half twice to form a quarter-circle, then wrapping the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerating it for an hour. Then unfold and reroll it on a lightly floured surface. If it sticks to the countertop, roll it out onto plastic or parchment paper.
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