We have a major crush on most sweets, but none steals our heart quite as much as flaky, extravagant, nostalgic pie. Baker extraordinaire and PureWow recipes editor Erin Jeanne McDowell shares our sentiment—she just wrote an ode to the dessert with her brand new cookbook, The Book on Pie. Considering McDowell is something of a pie genius, we asked her for the top five pie mistakes she sees the most (plus expert advice on how to fix them).
“I’ve been baking pies for nearly 20 years, and I’m still learning new things about the pie process. That’s not because pies are hard to make, as most people might think, but rather because they can be tough to understand. With The Book on Pie, I set out to create a true handbook filled with all the tips and tricks I’ve learned about the process of baking pies, to demystify this process for home bakers once and for all. The book contains hundreds of recipes for crusts, fillings and toppings that you can mix and match to create the pie of your dreams—but perfect pies will still elude you if you don’t keep your eye on these five common mistakes.”