|Pumpkin Pie from a *real* pumpkin. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Pushy Pie Crust
1 1/2 cups of flour
big pinch of salt
stick of butter (1/2 cup)
stir the flour and salt
grate the butter into the flour
(just take the butter out of the fridge and use the large holes on a box grater--it is helpful to have a large bowl or large frying pan if all of the bowls are dirty, too)
just keep covering and stirring in the butter with the flour so the little pieces are covered in flour and do not get into one big ball
crack 2 eggs directly into the butter flour mixture and beat with a fork
mix the whole thing together with your hands
the mix should turn into a ball quickly and just push it down with the heel of your hand a few times to mix it
place the dough ball into the pie pan--I have a glass pie dish--this may be difficult if it is a disposable aluminum pie pan
push the ball down and flatten with your hands--if it is too sticky sprinkle with a little bit of flour
just keep flattening and pushing the crust--it takes a while but I could not find my rolling pin and it eventually works well.
Continue flattening the bottom of the crust in the dish until it is the usual pie crust feel or thickness--it does not have to be exactly even all over the dish. If the crust becomes too thin in the process just pinch off a little and fill it in. It works like play dough.
After the bottom seems right--it is not an exact science--continue to flatten the crust against the sides of the pie shell and over the edge.
Cut off the the crust overlapping the edge of the dish running a knife along the edge.
Crimp the edge.
Save the rest of the crust in a flat ball in the fridge to make jelly tarts later--a plastic square container is good.
Readers, do you live with someone insane and you are trying to survive the holidays without overeating because you deserve it.
Do you have any tips?
comments on insane family members and pie crust accepted--agree or disagree
|big boy bams|
|liza--makes good pot roast|
|sam--the mixer is not a couch|
|chloe--writes a blog|