Thanksgiving is in 1 week.  Are you panicking yet?

There’s so much pressure this time of year!  Will the turkey thaw in time?  Will your mother-in-law turn her nose up at you stuffing?  Will your crazy uncle show up and make armpit noises at the table?  Whatever you might be dealing with this time of year, I am here to share with you a real time saver when it comes to making homemade pie.  Wait…pie?  I thought this was a stamping blog?  Just stick with me.  🙂  I shared this video last year and had someone contact me because they were desperately looking for the video again so I thought I would post it here in case you’re looking for it or missed it entirely.

I am NOT a cook…I hate to cook actually… but my Mom taught me this technique for making pies in the microwave.  No, I’m serious!  They are the BEST pies ever!!!  We’ve been making pies this way since the 70′s when microwaves took up half your counter space.  You do most of the baking in the microwave and then brown it in the oven for only 10 minutes.  Perfect pies every time!  I thought with Thanksgiving around the corner I would share this video with you.

Today’s video will show you how to do Make-ahead pie dough.  Let’s face it, that’s the hardest part about making a pie.  This no-measure method will knock you socks off!  Keep the dough in your freezer and you can make pie in a flash!  (Tomorrow I will share the microwave cooking method video)

Simply Simple MAKE AHEAD PIE DOUGH
makes enough for 9 double crust pies

5 lb. bag all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons salt
3 lb. tub of Crisco (butter flavored, if available)
3 cups ice-cold water
4 drops of yellow food coloring (makes your pies look prettier!)

Mix the flour and salt together.  Add all the Crisco and cut in with a pastry blender (takes about 5 or so).  When it’s all mixed, add the food coloring to the ice water and pour in ALL AT ONCE.  Mix with your hands and separate into (9) 1 lb. pie dough.  Flatten slightly and wrap in cling wrap.  Place in freezer bags and freeze for up to  6 months.

Thaw when ready to use (about 10 minutes).

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I know that some of you may still be skeptical but I have received SO many emails and comments on viewers who tried it and now think I am a Pie Making Goddess.  lol  No, not a Goddess but just like my blog, I am always looking for the Simply Simple but I want WOW.  These pies are WOW, I promise!

Okay, so yesterday I did some Googling trying to find a good tutorial on making “pie boxes”.  I have seen them and I tried several…EPIC FAIL!  All of them turned out horrible!  Maybe my coffee wasn’t strong enough and my brain was running at only 10% but these boxes were just down right embarrassing!  So, I will continue looking for a SIMPLY SIMPLE pie box and bring it to you when I find one (oh, I hope I find one!)

Be sure to check back tomorrow for my video on BAKING a pie in the microwave.  I can hear you snickering, by the way!  I hear you!  Seriously, these are the best pies ever and your family will be so impressed!  Just think…HOMEMADE pie this Thanksgiving and it’s a no fail method!

Just think how happy your spouse will be when you bake him his favorite pies this year!!!  You’re sure to get that iPad Air for Christmas!

See ya tomorrow!

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