Between chilling the butter, cutting butter into flour, and rolling out dough, making a pie crust from scratch can be quite an ordeal. Using premade biscuits for your crust is a quick, tasty alternative. Keep in mind that canned biscuits won’t work for all types of pie. For example, if used as a bottom crust, biscuits tend to turn out soggy and undercooked. However, puffy, buttery biscuits provide a perfect top crust for dishes like pot pie or cobbler or an outer crust for hand pies.
- Pie pan or baking sheet
- Can of eight to 0 biscuits
- Cooking spray
- Melted butter
- Pastry brush
Making a Top Crust With Canned Biscuits
Prepare the pie filling as directed by your recipe. Lightly grease an oven-safe pie pan with cooking spray.
Open the can of biscuits, following package instructions. Remove and separate the biscuits. If the biscuits are extra thick, you may need to slice them in half horizontally so they will cook evenly.
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Spoon the filling into the pan. If using uncooked fruit filling, bake for approximately 15 minutes. Warming the filling beforehand will ensure the biscuit bottoms cook thoroughly. Skip this step if fruit or savory fillings were previously cooked over the stove top.
Place biscuits evenly over the top of the pie, leaving a 1/2-inch space between each biscuit. Brush tops of biscuits with melted butter for a golden crust.
Bake at 400 degrees F for approximately 14 to 16 minutes, or until the biscuits are golden brown. Checking every five to 10 minutes to make sure the biscuits are not burning. If the biscuits become golden before the pie appears cooked, place aluminum foil over the top of the pie for the remainder of baking.
Allow the pie to cook fully before slicing and serving.
Making Hand Pies With Canned Biscuits
Flour a counter surface. With a rolling pin, roll out canned biscuit dough into a 6-inch circle. Place the pie filling, diced fruit or dried fruit in the center of each biscuit.
Fold half of biscuit over the filling to create a half-moon shape. Seal by pressing with your fingers or the tines of a fork.
Place pies on a nonstick baking sheet 2 inches apart. Brush with melted butter and bake for eight to 10 minutes in a 400 degree F oven.
Allow pies to cool thoroughly before eating.
Be prepared to check biscuits during cooking and adjust baking time if necessary, as biscuits cook faster than traditional pie crust.
Sierra Rose is a California-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in several newspapers, the "Sierra Style" family of magazines and on numerous business websites. She previously worked as a business and finance reporter and has since branched out to cover news, home and garden topics. Rose has a Bachelor of Arts in economics from Sacramento State University.