Thanksgiving Pie Making made SIMPLE!

My blog has always been strictly creating with stamp, ink and paper but today I want to share with you a couple a videos that just might change your life.  Pie making!

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.

The first 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!

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 saran wrap.  Place in freezer bags and freeze for up to  6 months.

Thaw when ready to use (about 10 minutes).

Now that you have your pie dough made, let’s MAKE A PIE!!!  You can make any fruit pie in the microwave – apple, cherry, peach, raspberry, blackberry, snozzberry (who ever heard of a snozzberry?)

This video will teach you how to make a pie from beginning to end.  Just think, you might actually impress your in-laws this holiday!  Wahooo!

11 to 12 minutes in the microwave on high, 10 minutes in a 450 degree oven!  That’s it!

I hope that these videos will save you time and make you a hero at your holiday gatherings!!!

My Mom’s Apple Pie

Pare 5 to 7 tart apples (I like Jonathan, Fiji or Gala – a firm apple but not necessarily tart).  If not tart enough to your liking, add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice.  Slice the apples thin or you can use 2 No. 2 cans (5 cups) sliced pie apples (not pie filling, just apples for pie), drained.

Combine the following:
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons flour
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Dash of salt.

Mix with apples.  Pour into pie crust above and bake in microwave as instructed above!  Who’s hungry!!!

Here are a couple of Flash Cards (2.0) you could create to give with your pies!  Apple or cherry!


 

17 Responses to “Thanksgiving Pie Making made SIMPLE!”

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  1. Theresa says:

    Loved your video. You make pie making look so easy. Thanks for sharing this.
    It is so nice to be able to put a face to the voice I have been listening to for the last few months.

  2. Marsha says:

    I’m in charge of pies for Thanksgiving. I was going to just make pumpkin, but you’ve inspired me to make a fruit pie or two using this method. Thanks!

  3. bevybus119 says:

    OMGosh!!! what great videos. I love baking for the holidays and this just made things so much easier. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Jan W says:

    This is a great time saver for sure!! I will give it a try. Yours looks so YUMMY…I love cherry pie too. Thanks for the videos!

  5. Jan W says:

    I forgot to mention the cute cards too!! Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. Cindee says:

    Awesome videos Connie! Never heard of making a pie in the microwave. Might have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Lisa says:

    Love it Connie!

  8. I absolutely love your videos!!! You are sooo wonderfully down to earth and show your vulnerability! My mom used to be our pie maker and my sister now does it…but I’ll have to give this a try – from the dough to the finished product and see how I do! Thank you Connie, and your mom for a great recipe and video – along with your tips and tricks! Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

  9. LOL…scrolling down to yet another card and realized that I totally forgot to say how much I love the apple and cherry cards…!!!

  10. Judi says:

    I WANT YOU FOR MY NEIGHBOR!!!:) I am just starting to make pies and love seeing a video rather than just print. Will be fun to try. Is “all purpose flour” the kind to use? Cards are darling too!!! THANKS!

  11. Judi, you are so funny. Yes, you use all purpose flour! So easy!!!

    My sister even did pumpkin pie in the microwave this year and it was great. Here are the comments she left me on YouTube:

    I’m Connie’s big sister, and I LOVE pumpkin pie! So I took on your challenge of microwaving my pumpkin pie. I microwaved the pie on medium (Level 6 of 10) for 10 minutes. The sides cooked well, and about a third of the pie looked set. Then I transferred it to the oven and baked 20 minutes @ 325. The pumpkin did pull away from the crust as it cooled, but whipped topping hid that nicely, and it set perfectly all the way through. So baking time was cut in half over the 1 hour oven method. 🙂

  12. Chellie B says:

    “We are the music makers. We are the dreamers of dreams.” Nod to the snozzberries.
    My mom passed her pie crust recipe to me. She got it from her mom who got it from her mom, etc. I told my mom today about your microwave pie. First she looked at me as if I’d grown a second head. Then she told me to send her the link to your blog.
    Yes, ma’am, Connie, you are a cook whether you believe it or not.

  13. Barbara C says:

    It’s coming around that time again for pies. If I don’t care that the top isn’t browned, can I skip the oven baking? Thanks for the video. It was grand fun!

  14. This is great! Thank you so much for your recipe for the pie crust!!! I agree if you are going to make one you might as well make more while your at it, and to be able to freeze it for pie crust when you need it, yipee! Now I’ll have pie crust for fruit pies and homemade chicken, turkey or beef pot pie. Thank you so much for sharing and for your Moms apple pie recipe.
    Pam
    scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

  15. Kristi Crandall says:

    Whew! Thank goodness for search engines!!! I saw your recipe for making pies “in bulk” and thought I would give it a try for Thanksgiving last year. Well, it is that time again and I could not locate your recipe. Found it! I have a recipe that I love for just one pie, so I was a bit skeptical. Yours turned out great and is so helpful when making 7 pies. This recipe is now going into my cookbook that one day I will get finished in MDS!!!!! Never loosing this one again!

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