It’s THAT time of year again. Grocery shopping with a list a mile long, cleaning the house from top to bottom and scouring through recipes trying to pick out the perfect dish. I love Thanksgiving!
Growing up, it was always my favorite holiday. We rarely got together with extended family, so it was always a quieter day at home as a family of six. Our mom would get up early and work hard to get the turkey roasting. We rotated each year, taking turns assisting her to ensure that we learned how to make a turkey dinner. We loved “helping” her as she made the stuffing from scratch. The best part was pulling out and eating croutons that had soaked up warm butter before she added anything else to the bowl!
Pies were always on the agenda, though I believe that my mom made them the day before. I always remember her making apple and pumpkin pies, but I think when I was young, I was more interested in the Cool Whip that went on top! As we got older, we made other kinds, our favorites of course. She had no problem having us take over the pie baking responsibilities!
My mom has the most simple pie crust recipe, one that requires no rolling out! She’s used it for years and taught us to make it. I still use it. It’s a great recipe because there is no shortening in it and it’s really fast to make….and did I mention that you don’t have to roll it out?!
Pat In Pie Crust
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 2 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup cooking oil
- 2 tblsp. milk
Measure all ingredients into pie plate. Combine with fork. Press into pie plate with fingers. Prick with fork many times. Bake at 425 degrees for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
I popped it into my preheated oven and baked it for 10 minutes. The edges turned golden brown. It only took about 20 minutes total and I had a beautiful pie crust that looked like I’d spent hours on!
I went on to make a Chocolate Pudding Pie Filling from scratch to fill this pie shell. (I’ll explain how I did that in our next post.) If chocolate doesn’t suit your fancy though (which really, how couldn’t it?!) you can fill this crust with any filling. If you want to make a fruit pie, don’t pre-bake the crust before you add the fruit filling. Add a crumble topping crust to the top for a great match with this Pat In crust bottom.
So before you start panicking about the homemade pie you are supposed to be bringing to your Thanksgiving meal, but don’t know when you’ll ever get the time to make, take a deep breath and start patting out this quick easy crust. It will look great and taste even better. Plus, the best part is that they’ll think you spent HOURS making it!