I decided to post something totally different today because it’s Pie Day (3.14)! And everyone in my house loves pie….. so what more of an excuse did I need today??
I’m including my go-to recipe for pie dough and some substitutions if you’re caught stuck at home today (or the rest of the month) and need an activity to keep you (and the kids) sane. This recipe half’s and double nicely depending on just how much pie you want. I haven’t played around with a wide variety of flours and ingredients, but in honor of 3.14 and that it’s an infinite number and never ever repeats, experiment and try something new. The recipe listed below makes three pie shells.
2 cups of flour (your choice of flours)
1 teaspoon of salt
2/3 cup shortening ( softened butter works too but don’t microwave it, you don’t want liquid butter!)
Mix and blend these ingredients together in a bowl using a fork or your hands. The dough should be crumbly. Add approximately 2 Tablespoons of cold water and stir together. The dough should stick together and easily become a ball of dough if you scoop some out of the bowl. Roll out your dough (thirds works well if you made a full batch) on a floured counter.
Now for some fun options! I decided to make bite-sized pies using a mini muffin pan (as well as a larger pie for later with my regular pie plate). Look around your kitchen for either a pie plate, muffin tins, canning jar lids (the twisting cap part), a square glass baking dish–just about anything will work, even cookie cutter shapes–more about this later.
Bake your pie shapes at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes until the dough is turning golden brown around the edges and/or it loses its dough look and looks more solid. Allow it cool, which can take about 10 minutes or longer depending on the size of your pie shell or shapes.
I had am instant chocolate pudding mix on hand, but you can use just about anything for a filling, pre-made pudding, ice cream, jam, whipped cream, you name it. When all else fails, try a new filling!
If you decided to use cookie cutters for an unusual twist on pie, you can sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top of them before you bake the cookies for a yummy treat. Or use your plain pie cookies after they’re baked as a dipper for dipping into a pudding or a jam.
Enjoy your pie!
(For some reason WordPress doesn’t want me to show off my pies….. so head over to my Instagram or Facebook page for a picture of my mini bite pies.)