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Thanksgiving is coming soon, and with it comes everybody’s favorite tradition: pie! Apple, pecan, or pumpkin – it’s all great, but only if the crust is great too. The pie crust is the base of the whole dessert, and you truly can’t have a great pie without it. Read on ahead for some pie crust recipes that will wow your guests this Thanksgiving!
1. Best Ever Pie Crust
A name like this is pretty bold, but the results are in, and everyone agrees! And the best part? The Best Ever Pie Crust is surprisingly simple to make, with only four ingredients. This recipe calls for two cups of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of salt, one cup of shortening, and half a cup of water.
First, mix the salt and flour in a large bowl. Mix the shortening in until the dough is split into large crumbs. Next, stir in water until the mixture forms a ball. Divide your dough in half, and shape it into balls. Wrap each ball in plastic, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Then roll the dough out on a counter covered in flour, press into a pie pan, and load it up with your pie filling of choice!
2. Graham Cracker Pie Crust
This is another simple recipe for all the graham cracker crust lovers out there. It calls for 1 ½ cups of finely ground graham cracker crumbs, one-third cup of white sugar, and six tablespoons of melted butter.
The recipe for this one is as easy as it gets. Just mix all the ingredients together and press the mixture into a pie pan! If you want, you can add half a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, which tastes great with an apple or pecan pie. Then bake your crust at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for seven minutes. This crust is also perfect for a key lime or lemon meringue pie.
3. Flaky Pie Crust
If you prefer a light, flaky crust, this next recipe is for you. You probably have all the ingredients around your house already. It just takes 1 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour, a quarter teaspoon of salt, half a cup of chilled shortening, and three to five tablespoons of ice water. The chilled shortening helps give this crust that signature flaky texture that you’ll soon fall in love with.
This one starts off just like the Best Ever Pie Crust – just whisk together the flour and salt. You’ll then mix in the chilled shortening with a pastry blender until it forms large crumbs. Next, you’ll drizzle ice water over the dough mixture a few tablespoons at a time, mixing the mixture with a fork until it all comes together into a ball of dough. Wrap the ball up in some plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator. Finally, roll the crust out, press it into your pan, and cook it with your chosen pie filling!
4. Super Easy Pie Crust
Sure, pie crust is relatively easy to make, but this one is the easiest and quickest of them all. You don’t even need to roll it out! For this recipe, you’ll need two cups of flour, two tablespoons of sugar, one teaspoon salt, six tablespoons of melted butter, and two to three tablespoons of cold water.
Now, all you need to do is mix the dry ingredients together, mix the wet ingredients in, and press it all into your pie pan. That’s it! You can bake your crust before putting the filling in, fill it first, or even freeze it for later.
Which of these pie recipes did you like the best? Sound off in the comments!