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.
No celebration is complete without a sweet treat to top it off. When the heat rises outside, stay cool in the kitchen with our selection of no-bake desserts. These recipes are a snap to make, easy to enjoy, and completely oven-free!
In Season: Flavorful, slightly bitter escarole thrives in cool weather. It grows from fall through winter, and can be found year-round in most supermarkets. What to Look For: A head of escarole looks like curly lettuce and can be as small as a softball or as large as a soccer ball. Choose firmly packed heads with unblemished leaves. How to Store: Wrap escarole in paper towels and store in an unsealed plastic bag in the refrigerator for up to four days.