How to make Pie Crust from scratch
And LKBE adventures in making a Gingerbread House
I’m sharing the skinny-NO WAIT- I mean the fat on How to a make a pie crust. And it’s pretty EASY!
PLUS a FREE Template for making a gingerbread house!
Have you ever made pie crust before?
If you are anything like me, I used to be afraid of making pie crust because I failed several times.
It was soggy on the sides, or didn’t have enough salt or it was really hard & tough.
Now that I know how to make a pie crust I can look back at those failed attempts and can tell what I did wrong.
But I had given up!
I decided that I wouldn’t make pie crust again
That is, until the day my son came home with a project in school. And wouldn’t you know that this was a cooking assignment he signed up for?
I believe he said something like,
“Hey mom I have a project to make and I signed up to make pie and I get extra credit if it’s homemade. I signed up because I know you would make it for me.”
He thinks I’m going to make his project for him?!? AND he gets extra credit if it was homemade?!?
He was thrilled and all I could do was cringe at that thought.
I couldn’t bring myself to tell him of my ‘fear’ of making pie crust. So I decided this would be an “US” project and not a “Mom do it for me.”
So we did research together on pie crust-internet and library. And guess what?
I made my first successful pie crust with my son!
It’s the same recipe I’ve used ever since.
So if I am making pie for dessert I add salt & sugar to the crust to flavor it. AND if I am making a savory crust I add salt & pepper.
Keys to success
Very cold ingredients and some time to allow the crust to rest.
That was it!
There are some store brand pie crusts out there (both frozen & refrigerated) that are good.
I know this, because when I was ‘afraid’ to make my own, I reached for those.
But after making a successful double pie crust with my son, I realized that nothing beats a made from scratch pie AND crust.
So if you want to make your pie extra special try to make your pie crust from scratch.
The beauty of this too is you can make several and store in the freezer until you need it.
Tips and things to know that will help:
I found small ‘freezer cold’ pieces of butter, ice cold water and cold hands work best.
Sprinkle ice cold water in your food processor. When using the food processor use PULSE not letting it run on any speed.
I am hot natured so I placing ice cubes in my hands before I touched the dough helped me.
Why the cold? Cold butter results in a flaky crust. If the butter warms up the crust isn’t so flaky. And like with a couple of my crust were soggy.
A couple of other tips that made a difference in my crust is:
NOT TO KNEAD or over work the dough as this creates a tough dough. (Trust me!)
And allowing the dough to rest before you roll it out is a key.
If I am making a savory dish, I will brush the crust with cream and sprinkle salt & pepper over the top. Or for a dessert, I sprinkle with raw sugar instead.
One important thing to note: you do not need a food processor to make a pie crust.
This can easily be done by hand-with cold hands- working quickly to keep from warming up the butter as it gets worked into the flour.
13 days until Christmas is here…Gingerbread time!
In between hosting parties, going to parties and all the holiday baking I’ve wanted to do I also wanted to make gingerbread housed with my children.
Today, December 12, is National Gingerbread House day. So I wanted to share our craft with you.
I always wanted to make them every year when I was a little girl.
And I get to carry that on with my own children.
In the past I’ve bought the ‘OH-SO-FUN! gingerbread house’ in the box. But realizing we end up chucking it because it’s so big I decided to make smaller ones this year.
Laura turned her small houses into adorable ornaments for her tree. So if you don’t have kids or your kids are older you may still want to make some of these cute little gingerbread houses as ornaments.
We decided to decorate AND eat our little houses and gingerbread people.
And if you look below my son started eating the gingerbread people ornaments. He stopped when he realized he ‘ate his own foot.’
Have you ever done your kids homework or project for them? I am sure I am not the only mom who has ever done this!
I can admit that I have a time or two. But if I don’t let my children do projects (or homework) on their own, then I’m setting them up to fail in life.
So I chalk this up like this: “this is lessons in parenting with your first child that you don’t do with your other children.”
Are you inspired?
And for the kids or kid inside you, try making these small gingerbread houses this holiday season!
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Happy Holidays & Season’s greetings! Nova & Family