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QUESTION: Why does my crust fall away from pumpkin or custard pie?

Why does my crust fall away from pumpkin or custard pie when cooled?

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According to Libby's® Pure Pumpkin, one reason why the pumpkin filling falls or pulls away from the crust (or sometimes cracks in the center) is the oven rack may be too close to the top heating element in the oven. This can cause filling to 'skin' and crack as it bakes and to settle slightly when cooling and pull away from the crust. Another possible reason is over-baking. Try reducing cooking time by 5 to 10 minutes. Also, for best results, bake the pie on the middle oven rack position or in the lower third of the oven.

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