It’s Tip Friday on Marilyn’s Treats. And todays tip is Docking!
Docking a Pie
Vent holes for steam can be made with a fork or a dough docker. Pricking holes in a short dough (one that’s high in fat, and has a flaky or crisp texture after baking, such as shortbread or the crust of some bar cookies), helps to vent the steam created in the oven while baking. You can use a fork or a dough docker to prick small holes all over the surface of the dough. By venting the steam, docking keeps the dough from billowing or heaving as it bakes. It’s an important step for crisp cookies or that are baked all in a single sheet and not cut up until they come out of the oven.
This article is part of the Tips That Help in the Kitchen Series, Tip Friday.