Saturday, November 17, 2012

Just in time for Thanksgiving : helpful advice on pie crust...

Vintage advertising card from my collection
I seem to post something like this every year, but I find that a lot of people seem to be intimidated by pie crust.  Thankfully, these days one can buy the refrigerated crusts that come pre-rolled (they really aren't bad, and can often be found even in a store brand) or the frozen crusts.  And some people have a favorite small bakery where they like to buy special pies for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or other special occasions.  But if you want to make your own, and if you need some help, go to my post Helpful Tips for Thanksgiving Pies.  This post contains my very best pie-making advice.

But what if you, or someone who'll be at your Thanksgiving table, want to avoid gluten or wheat?  That doesn't mean, thankfully, that you can't enjoy a nice slice of pie.  I found this recipe: Gluten Free Pie Crust a few months ago and used it for an early Thanksgiving dinner we had when our family was visiting from out West.  It's an easy recipe which you don't have to roll out -- just pat it into the pan.  It won't work, obviously, for a double crust pie, but works fine for an open face pie or one with a crumb topping.  I used it for a pumpkin pie then, and have just made a pumpkin-dutch apple pie with it.  I've also used the recipe as the bottom crust for a favorite apple crisp pizza recipe.  It is good and, as I said, very easy.  If you need a gluten free pie crust, you will want to give this a try.
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What is your family's favorite Thanksgiving pie?


  1. Well I depend on Pillsbury for my pie crusts Mrs T. And my favorite pie is Pecan, with Apple at a close second.

  2. My mother depended on Pillsbury, too, Arlene! (In years gone by she often used the pie crust sticks, but once those all ready crusts became available, that was always her choice.)

    I'm not even sure what my own favorite pie is. I love lemon meringue, caramel pecan, and chocolate peanut butter. But I would be hard pressed to choose a favorite!

  3. I'm going to have to try your recipe for crust. I've never used oil before, always Crisco.

  4. Oh, I hope you do try it and that you find it useful. I have used it many, many times over the years. If you do try it, let me know what you think!


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