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I’ve made pies on the show before, but it’s about time that I talk about the basics of making a really good pie – whether it’s blueberry, apple, or pumpkin.


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  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 tsp. salt

  • 1/3 cup shortening or butter

  • 4 tbsp. cold water


  • 1 cup chopped potato

  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

  • 3 tbs. margarine or butter

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme or sage, crushed

  • 1 1/4 cup beef broth

  • 1 1/2 cup chopped carrots and peas

  • 2 cups ground beef

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Making the Dough for the Crust

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    Make the pie crust. Mix flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir 1 1/4 cups flour and 1/4 tsp salt together in a large mixing bowl.
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    Cut the butter or shortening into the flour. There are many different methods of cutting the butter into the flour, but all are equally effective with the right amount of elbow grease. Keep the butter at a cool temperature and begin by cutting large chunks. Keep cutting your chunks down until the butter is mixed in thoroughly. Aim to get small and uniform pea-sized chunks.

    • Use a food processor. The easiest way to cut the butter is to use a food processor, pulsing the flour mixture for a minute or two, until the butter is chopped up to the appropriate size.
    • Use a pastry cutter for butter or shortening. A pastry cutter is a great way of chopping up the butter in a good uniform mixture, quickly and without much effort. Roll the pastry cutter through the flour mixture, clearing out the butter from behind the tines after you make each pass around the bowl, if necessary. It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes.
    • Use a fork or two knives. If you don’t have a pastry cutter or a food processor, don’t worry. You can cut up the butter with the flat side of a table fork, or use two knives to slice the butter in opposite directions, or even just use the end of a metal spatula.
    • Just use your fingers with shortening. Shortening won’t be greatly affected by the heat from your hands or from the room temperature, making it easy to crumble using your fingers.

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    Mix cold water into the flour mixture. Pouring cold water one tablespoon at a time into your flour will help you integrate the water gently, allowing the dough to form loosely. The mixture should just barely come together and form a loose ball, and shouldn’t be damp or wet looking.

    • Be very gentle. The key to a flaky crust is to make sure you don’t overwork the dough. If you overwork the dough, the crust will become tough and difficult to handle.
    • Your mixture will form soft lumps. These lumps should be moist enough that they will hold together if you gently press them between your fingers.
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    Use your hands to form the dough into a ball. Very gently, pull the flour into a ball and then split the ball into two equal portions. The recipe should make two portions, one will be the bottom of your pie, and the other will be the top cover.

    • It’s usually a good idea to chill the dough in the refrigerator until you’re ready to roll it out and bake with it. If you’ve already got the oven pre-heated and you’re anxious to get started, putting it in the freezer can be a good way to get the temperature down quickly.
    • If you want to save the dough for a longer period of time, freeze it in a self-sealing freezer bag. When you’re ready to use it, let it defrost in the fridge overnight and roll it out normally.

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    Roll the crust. On a lightly floured surface, flatten the dough with your hands and roll from the center to the edges with a rolling pin dusted with flour. Aim to form a circle about 12 inches in diameter.

Making the Filling

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    Cook your meat. In a large skillet over medium heat, add 2 cups ground beef and 1/2 cup chopped onions. Season with thyme, cloves, chopped garlic (if desired) and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring to crumble the meat and mix in the spices, until the meat is evenly browned.[1]

    • If you’d like a more flavourful pie, you can also use a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg as seasoning.
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    Discard the grease or fat. Once your meat is cooked through, use a wooden spoon or spatula to push your meat to one side of the pan and tilt the pan away, letting the grease pool on the other side. Spoon it grease out, or carefully tilt your pan over a grease safe container to dispose of it. Place your cooled grease into a sealed non-recyclable container and discard it into your regular trash can.[2]

    • Do not dump grease into the kitchen sink or toilet bowl or even use hot water to wash it down the drain. This allows grease to get into the sewage system or harden in your pipes.
    • Be careful whenever handling hot grease.


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    Add the vegetables and beef broth. Chop 1 potato into small pieces and add it to the skillet with 1 1/4 cup beef broth to start. Pour in 1 1/2 cup carrots and peas. The beef broth will keep your filling moist once the grease has been drained out.

    • You can peel your potato if desired.
    • If you want something different, try using a sweet potato instead.
    • You can also add more or less beef broth as needed, but don’t let your filling get too soupy.
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    Thicken your pie filling (optional). You may need to thicken your filling if it gets too runny. This can be done in a number of ways. Here are some things to consider:[3]

    • Mix two tsp. of flour with 1/4 cup cold water or 1 tbsp. cornstarch with 1/4 cup cold water before stirring it into your mixture
    • Thicken with flour. For each cup of filling, use about 2 tbsp. of flour. Add the flour in increments of 1 tbsp. Add the flour slowly and stir in each addition. This will help prevent lumps from forming in your filling. Cook and stir for 1 additional minute until your sauce is thickened and bubbly.
    • Thicken with cornstarch. For each cup of sauce, use 1 tbsp. of cornstarch. Add the cornstarch in increments of 1 tbsp. and stir until thickened and bubbly. Add 2 minutes to your cooking time for cornstarch.

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Making a Whole Meat Pie

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    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
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    Assemble a whole pie. Roll your pie crust around the rolling pin. Start from one edge and carefully wrap your crust around the pin. Transfer your crust to your pie dish by carefully unrolling it from your pin and laying it down into the dish.

    • Avoid stretching the pastry.
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    Trim the crust. Trim to about 1/2 inch beyond the edge of the pie plate and fold the extra pastry under to create a thicker crust on the rim.
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    Fill your pie. To assemble your pie, slowly pour the filling into the pastry-lined pie dish. Level it off and don’t overfill your dish.
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    Cover your pie. Roll out an additional circle of dough or pastry and carefully place it over your pie. Pinch the edges of the bottom layer and top layer of dough together and create the knuckle-like pie edge ridges. Trim off any excess using a sharp knife.
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    Make a few slits in the top. Use a sharp knife to cut some vents into the top crust to allow the steam to escape when cooking.

    • Brush the top of your crust with egg or melted butter. This will help keep the crust moist and prevent cracking.
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    Bake your whole pie. Place your pie onto an oven rack in the center of your oven and cook for about 45 minutes or until the top of the pie is golden brown.[4]

    • When your pie comes out of the oven, it will be hot! Make sure to let it cool on the countertop before serving.

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Making Individual Meat Pies

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    Cut your dough. Roll out your dough and cut it into 6 even pieces, about 5 ounces each.[5] Roll the pieces into 6 individual balls

    • Dust your workstation with flour to prevent dough from sticking.
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    Roll out your dough. Roll your pieces into about 8-inch flat circles. If your dough is very warm, it may be difficult to handle, cool it in the refrigerator for about 5-10 minutes if necessary.
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    Fill your individual pies. Evenly divide your filling into about 3/4 cup per individual pie and scoop it onto half of each dough circle. Carefully fold the dough over to cover the filling and use your fingers or a fork to press the edges together.
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    Slice slits into the tops of each pocket. Use a sharp knife to cut a few slits into the top of your pies. This allows steam to escape when baking and helps to prevent the pie from cracking or bursting in the oven.

    • Brush the top of your pockets with egg or melted butter to keep the top moist.
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    Bake your pies. Bake your pies on a lightly oiled or non-stick baking sheet in the oven for about 45 minutes to 1 hour or until the crust is golden brown and flakey.

    • Enjoy with a side of ketchup.

Trying Creative Variations

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    Try different types of meat. Use ground pork, chicken, turkey, or any meat you prefer. You can also mix meats for a more creative pie. Try cooking bacon and mixing it into your ground meat. Buy your favorite Italian sausage and cut it out of the casting to mix into your pie filling. You can try lamb, veal, or even tuna flakes.

    • Make sure your meat is fully cooked before adding it to your filling.
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    Make mincemeat sweet pie. If you are looking for a sweet and savory pie, try adding some additional ingredients to your filling recipe. Add:[6]

    • 8 ounces of raisins.
    • 4 ounces of dried figs (chopped).
    • 2 ounces dried cherries (chopped)
    • 2 apples, peeled, cored, and chopped.
    • 1 lemon zested and juiced.
    • 1 orange zested and juiced.
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground allspice
    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground clove
    • 6 ounces dark brown sugar


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    Make a spicy meat pie. Bring some heat to your meat pie with the addition of a few ingredients and seasonings. Try mincing 1 jalapeño  chili and 2 garlic cloves for your filling. Add 4 tsp of curry powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric and 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper. Use these seasonings when cooking your ground beef to create a delicious spicy meat pie.
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    Get creative. Use your favorite ingredients and flavors to influence your own version of a meat pie. For a Mexican influenced meat pie, add refried beans and cheddar cheese to your filling. If you are looking for a vegetarian meat pie, substitute 1/2 cup (90 g) brown lentils for ground meat. You can also try adding artichoke hearts. Get as creative as you’d like!
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  1. Babish Culinary Universe says:

    To those of you wondering where the savory pies are: fret not, gotta save some stuff for future episodes!

  2. Vot3! Good Trouble! says:

    These pies look delicious!! But I must say… I have been baking pies of all kind for years and never have I needed to blind bake especially a double crusted pie. This over complicates things. If you bake any of your pies for the proper amount of time you will not have a soggy bottom and that goes for apple pies or fruit pies of any kind. The only time I’ve ever blind bake a pie is when it’s a pie that does not return back to the oven after it’s made.

  3. ShyPiee says:

    I’m scared.

  4. TheWobblyEmily says:

    Legend says he's still making pies as he waits for his previous pies to cool down. Stuck in an infinite loop

  5. Błyskawica says:

    Dlaczego ten koleś chce przyrządzić psa?

  6. Roberto cedeno says:

    Sir you showed me a amateur in the kitchen how to make pie you are a man among men

  7. finalizer0 says:

    hey, i followed this recipe to make the latticed pie crust, though instead of blueberry i used a recipe from sally's baking addiction for a strawberry rhubarb filling. came out with a damn good pie, nice flaky crust, no soggy bottom, just a great result for my first try. thanks for the video.

  8. Vaga 42 says:

    Where does one find a "pie stone"?

  9. Henry Martin says:

    I think I’ll try the blueberry pie tomorrow!🤗

  10. Alsina Kiria says:

    I decided to make pie from the pressed blueberries from wine making. It's got a different texture since they have been crushed and I had to add water and sugar, then rehydrate them first before using, but it tastes really good. Plus, it's using something we would normally not eat and we'd just throw it away (and by that I mean into the compost bin). It tastes like a normal pie. More work, but they were given to me for free, so all I had to pay for was the crust so really cheap food. Shame I can't exactly share any this year, but so it goes.

  11. Baking The Pie says:


  12. finalxcx says:

    I thought you dock before you put the pie weights in? no?

  13. Liam Shiels says:

    I remain convinced that you need to do a meat pie

  14. AlTiUCOFe says:

    Andrew you should do an episode on pumpkin pie with a real pumpkin (not canned) and also apple cider donuts

  15. Gringodingo7 says:

    Babish have you heard of putting white wine instead of water into the crust

  16. Carolyn Cartoons says:

    My favorite pie is cherry with vanilla ice cream!

  17. dinospiderman12 says:

    I love you

  18. Jerry Mei says:

    Honestly how do you know so much about food?
    Are you food god?

  19. Colleen Rice says:

    Grape pie! I want to see an upstate concord grape pie recipe!

  20. Michaud Collette says:

    So I just made the apple pie exactly to this recipe and it’s my first time ever making a pie… and I gotta say oh my was it ever tasty. The crust was sooo flaky and good, and luckily we have an apple tree in the back yard so it was fresh apple picked the day of!
    Anyways, thank you so much for the video, inspired me to try baking which I actually enjoyed 🙂

  21. Nicholas Fontanez says:

    30 oz can?

  22. TeamAlphaBeta QWERTY says:


  23. John Furner says:

    Ashamed. Pecan pie trumps all three of those

  24. M B says:

    Hey, I’ve made this recipe with the exact ingredients you had for the pie crust and it looks right at first, but the portions come out to be way smaller and I have a much smaller crust

  25. Fritz Heini says:

    Can you do kagome lattice?

  26. Gear Frost says:

    Why do i do this to myself?

  27. CynicalString56 says:

    bro you just made all my favorite pies, can we get a pies part 2?

  28. Devkriti Sharma says:

    best cooking channel on youtube….i actually learned some cooking

  29. Jack W says:

    Wait.. so you wait 4 hours for it to cool and then eat it cold?

  30. DevilsTrueLies says:

    Thought I'd recreate one of Babish's recipes (the blueberry pie) but was immediately taken down by the "2 sticks of butter". Lmao, what are these American measurements

  31. The Dark Fire says:

    U forgot the…..
    U forgot the cream p……

  32. Jonah Sobczak says:

    Damn that intro is too good to skip, every. single. time.

  33. Vindhyachal Devi says:

    Creativity with GGR. Subscribe

  34. Arsonality • says:

    “Soggy bottom syndrome”
    N O S O G G Y B O T T O M S

  35. Baby Yoda says:

    6:49 *misses top of container

  36. KaysoNeverLose says:

    One Thing abt Babish he Gon add that Teaspoon of Kosher salt 😭

  37. The Golden Arrow says:

    Why do you NOT have to blind bake the blueberry pie crust??

  38. Kyrabel says:

    I love pie

  39. captainkaleb says:

    Also fuck you a little bit for just casually mentioning pie stones (actually just a pizza stone) in the by and by, like it doesn't matter at all.

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