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!