Take a sneak peek at our newest cookbook, "Martha Stewart's New Pies & Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites." We've handpicked 10 delicious and diverse recipes from the book, including Strawberry Icebox Pie, Leek and Olive Tart, and Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie.
Prebaking, or blind baking, means to bake a crust before filling it. The technique is often used with single-crust pies. It is useful when the filling doesn't need to bake as long as the crust or would make an unbaked crust soggy. Some recipes have you partially bake the crust, while others call for it to be completely baked.
A homemade apple pie is definitely a labor of love -- what better reason to make one? If this is your first attempt, don't worry if the crust has a tear or two; the pie will still be juicy and delicious. Pie-making just takes a little patience -- but watching your friends and family enjoy the results makes it all worthwhile.