The following is the partial list of errors and corrections from The Pie and Pastry Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Use the comments below to report anything else you find.
Almost everything has been corrected by the 9th printing.
Blind baking (prebaking) flaky pie crust, page 19, For the most even baking, set the tart pan or pie plate on a preheated baking stone or baking sheet. After removing the weights start checking for doneness after the first 3 minutes.
weight of sugar for the Crumb Crust for a 10-Inch Pie on page 69, it should be 0.6 ounce/17 grams.
Clarification of when to add the cranberry purée (people have asked when does the purée get added)
In the Custard Filling for the CRANBERRY CHIFFON PIE on page 152, the cranberry purée is strained into the bowl with the sieve set over it to receive the custard. They are then stirred together.
In the Fruit Turnoverson page 135, the unsalted butter is 1 tablespoon but the weight is 0.5 ounce/14 grams. on page 137, for the Mini-Turnovers, roll each piece of dough large enough to cut a 4 inch circle. Also, for the blackberries, use the larger amount of cornstarch if not reducing the liquid and the smaller amount if reducing the liquid.
In the Custard Filling for the GINGERY PEAR CHIFFON TART on page 164, To ensure that all of the gelatin dissolves and offers a firm texture to the filling, it is best to soften it in 2 to 3 teaspoons of the reserved poaching syrup. Stir to moisten the gelatin and allow it to sit for a minimum of 5 minutes. (If longer cover it tightly with plastic wrap to prevent evaporation.) After stirring the poaching liquid into the egg yolk, stir in the gelatin mixture.
In the LEMON MERINGUE PIE on page 178 under "make the filling," do not use a double boiler and be sure to bring the egg mixture to full boil to ensure that it will thicken properly. An instant-read thermometer should read 180˚F/82˚C. (If lower than 170˚F/77˚C the amylase enzyme in the yolks will reverse the thickening.) On page 180: Cool in a draft free place for about 1 hour and then refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours. Serve refrigerated.
In the CHOCOLATE CREAM PIE on page 204 under "make the filling," it should read remaining 2-3/4 cups of milk.
In the APRICOT-CHEESECAKE TART on page 208, in the chart, the yolks should be 1.3 ounces/36 grams. On page 209, Add the crème fraîche or the cream, egg yolks, and remaining white.
In the FIG TART WITH MASCARPONE CREAM on page 211, the Marsala should be 1 to 2 tablespoons/0.5 to 1 ounce/14 to 28 grams.
In the CHOCOLATE OBLIVION TARTLETS on page 308, the amount for the eggs should be only 3 eggs/5.2 ounces/150 grams.
page 314, corrections in bold: top of the chart should be: MAKES: SEVEN 4 3/4-INCH FLUTED TARTLETS
OR EIGHT 4-INCH TARTLETS MADE IN FLAN RINGS
page 315, under EQUIPMENT should be: Eight 4- by 3/4-inch flan rings or <strong>seven</strong> 4 3/4- by 3/4-inch fluted tart pans with removable bottoms
In the Hungarian Poppyseed Strudel on page 403, proof the yeast with 1/2 teaspoons of sugar not 1 teaspoon of sugar.
In the CRÈME BRÛLÉE CUSTARD on page 440, the filling is 2 3/4 cups.
In the BRANDIED RAISINS on page 514, the cognac is 1/2 liquid cup.
In the PASTRY CREAM on page 560, the 2 cups of half and half weigh 17 ounces/484 grams.
The following changes are in current printing (3). The printing number is on the copyright page. It is a row of numbers and the lowest one is the printing of the book. For those who have earlier printings ADD:
Note: I have found that it is best to apply the foil ring to the protect the edges of the pie crust from the beginning of baking.
p 321 on the chart for peanut butter mousse pie tiered, filling should be 1/3 cup, 2/3 cup, 1 3/4 cups, 2 1/2 cups, 3 1/4 cups, 4 1/4 cups, 4 3/4 cups
page 84 flaky cream cheese pie crust for a two-crust pie
p 594 in the chart: 2 12-ounce bags
p 131 The liquid will be about 1/3 cup....Cool the pie...(Brush the exposed cranberries with golden syrup to keep them moist and shiny.)
p 140 ...spread rounded 1/2 teaspoons (not tablespoons) of Apricot Lekvar...
p 19 4th line from the top: ...bake for 20 minutes (15 minutes for a 4 1/4 inch pielet)...Return the shell to the oven for 5 to 10 minute more (3 to 5 minutes for a 4-1/4 inch pielet)...
p 77 The second chart "The Amount of Cornstarch and Sugar for 4 cups of Fruit": the sugar for 1 cup of cherry should be 200 grams (7 ounces)
p 89 and 592 for the streusel (crumb) topping, for a crisper topping melt the butter before adding it.
p 260 ...very thin lemon slices that have been simmered, covered, for 20 minutes in 1/3 cup sugar dissolved in 1/3 cup water,...
p 262 under Pointers...If a 3 inch pear is available, poach it along with the other pears, slice it and place it in the center. During baking, the pears will shrink making space for it.
p 287 roll the pastry to a circle roughly 16 inches in diameter. Using a pizza wheel or cardboard template and a sharp knife trim it so that the edges are even. It should be 15 to 15 1/2 inches....Scatter the cranberry mixture evenly over the dough, covering a 12-inch area...
p.294 Gâteau Basque: Add about 1 tablespoon of cream to the yolk and vanilla. After mixing the dough pinch it together and it if still crumbly and won't hold together add a tiny bit more cream. Change baking temperature to 325˚F.
p.421 just before store...1 day before completing the last 2 turns for a total of 6 turns. caramelize the topping or protect the edges of the pastry with foil rings...
page 655, Equivalences & Substitutions for brown sugar:
The closest approximation of light brown and dark brown sugar is the following. The weight will be the same but the amount of molasses is slightly higher and more similar to Muscovado.
1 cup/217 grams light brown sugar=1 cup/200 grams granulated sugar plus 1 tablespoon/15 ml/20 grams light molasses
1 cup/239 grams dark brown sugar=1 cup/200 grams granulated sugar plus 2 tablespoon/30 ml/40 grams light molasses