So today’s National Pie Day is an especially sweet celebration for pies everywhere. Everyone from Rachael Ray to the New York Times to countless food bloggers are predicting pies will overtake cupcakes as this year’s hottest confection.
But while pie may be the latest treat to tempt taste buds, a recent poll conducted by the folks at Crisco® say Americans still need more than just a little help when it comes to preparing one on their own.
- Almost three-quarters (74%) of all survey respondents describe their pie-baking abilities as “beginner.”
- Nearly two-thirds (65%) agree that making the crust is the hardest part of baking a pie from scratch.
- And 59% say pie is the hardest dessert to prepare from scratch.
So for aspiring chefs who plan to attempt their own homemade pie today – or any day of the year – Crisco offers a little expert advice to prevent weepy meringues and soggy crusts. The Crisco Pie Hotline is a one-stop resource to help you bake pies to delicious perfection.
Pie experts can be reached live Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 877-FOR PIE TIPS (877-367-7438). You can also visit www.crisco.com for new recipes, step-by-step instructions, visual demonstrations and helpful hints and tricks.