As the holiday season approaches, I’m eagerly planning my Thanksgiving menu. This year, I’m having a smaller celebration in line with the CDC’s suggestions, which means I need to adjust my recipe servings—especially when it comes to dessert. Normally, I would rely on the classic pumpkin and apple pies from Costco, but since I don’t need to feed a crowd this year, I’m trying my hand at homemade pies.
Now, I’ve watched enough seasons of The Great British Baking Show to know that getting the perfect pie crust is no easy task. From underbaking the bottom to ripping the crust when placing it in the dish, the potential mistakes are at an all-time high. Luckily, there’s one mistake I can try and avoid with the help of this adjustable rolling pin.
The adjustable rolling pin from Joseph Joseph will ensure that my crust is the same thickness throughout, which is important for an even bake (buy it: Amazon, $20). To use, it’s as simple as selecting the necessary ring from four sizes: 1/16-inch, 1/6-inch, 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch. Then just screw the appropriate ring onto the ends of the rolling pin and you’re all set for an even roll.
In addition to the rings, the rolling pin also comes with handy measurements etched onto the surface. And once you’re done baking, Joseph Joseph recommends handwashing the rolling pin and drying it immediately afterwards to maintain the quality of the beech wood.
With this rolling pin in my arsenal, I feel like I’m well on my way to a successful Thanksgiving pie. But if The Great British Baking Show has taught me anything, it’s that other pie tools, like these pie weights for blind baking the crust or this pie bird for venting steam, can’t hurt (buy them: Amazon, $15 for pie weights; Sur La Table, $5 for pie bird).
Once I have all of these pie tools, it’s just a matter of deciding which pies to make. Do I opt for something new and different with our Cranberry Buttermilk Pie or Purple Sweet Potato Pie? Or stick to classics like our Brown Butter Apple Pie and Pumpkin-Maple Pie? Only time will tell. But one thing is for sure: You can never have too much pie.
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