We’ve been on a pie kick recently, because we were on vacation (or, rather, on staycation). Ever since we road-tripped several years ago to Martha’s Vineyard, where roadside pie stands crop up in the summertime, we’ve equated vacation and pie.
I’ll share two pie recipes with you in the coming week, but first … the crust.
I’ve become comfortable and confident making my own pie crust over the years—it just takes a bit of practice and a recipe that you’re familiar with. My go-to easy pie crust recipe comes from my Grandma, who uses shortening instead of butter to make the crust both flaky and easy to work with.
For my recent pie-baking, I used my lovely Aunt Gretchen’s recipe for no-roll pie crust, which is even easier. Mix the ingredients right in the pie plate, press the crust into place, bake, voila. (If your pie recipe does not call for baking the filling, then you’ll want to blind-bake the pie dough a little longer.)
This pie crust is crisp and cookie-like rather than flaky, and it holds up well even with fruit fillings that would sog up an ordinary roll-out crust. Give it a try next time you bake a pie.
EASY NO-ROLL PIE CRUST RECIPE
(makes one 9-inch pie)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. cold milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil (or canola or grapeseed oil; see Note)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a 9-inch pie plate, whisk together flour, sugar and salt. Combine milk and oil, and pour into the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork to combine, then use your fingers to work the mixture together until large clumps form and no loose flour remains. Use your fingers to press the crust into place, beginning with the sides and finishing with the bottom; make sure there are no holes or cracks. Bake the crust for 10 minutes (if your pie recipe calls for baking the filling) or for 20 minutes or until the crust is lightly golden and firm to the touch (if your recipe does not call for baking the filling).
(Note: I have also made this no-roll pie crust recipe with olive oil for a savory dish: Improved summer corn & tomato pie.)