Baking 101: Solutions for Flat Cookies, Cracked Crusts and More!

Think you're no good at baking? All it takes are a few expert tips to release your inner pastry goddess. We'll show you the best way to make fluffy cakes, chewy cookies, perfectly golden pie crusts and more! (11 Photos)

Esther Carlstone on Sep 14, 2012 at 8:29AM

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Baking 101: Solutions for Flat Cookies, Cracked Crusts and More!

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Problem: Cracked Pie Crust

You pour your love, sweat and tears (not to mention upper body strength) into crafting a beautiful made-from-scratch pie crust, only to slide it out of your oven and find a giant crack down the middle. Sound familiar?

Solution: Kim Laidlaw, author of Home Baked Comfort, says that cracked crusts often occur when pie dough is too dry . She advises to "brush a little water on the dough, wrap it in plastic wrap, and set it aside in the refrigerator for half an hour.” Then try re-rolling it. Another hint to avoid this Problem: try adding a little bit more water when mixing the dough.

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