Wait…baking fruit pies in the microwave? I thought this was a stamping blog? Just stick with me. Today’s post is a bonus post for this week. I don’t normally blog about anything but stamping but each year around Thanksgiving, I get requests about a couple of videos I shared many years ago. I thought I would share it again because these videos might save your life this year and show you how to make the BEST Thanksgiving Pies EVER!
There’s so much pressure on us at Thanksgiving….
- 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?
I can’t help you with the crazy uncle but I do hope this time saving tip will help you when it comes to making homemade pie.
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 these videos with you again.
The first video will show you how to make 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. 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 approximately (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).
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 14 minutes in the microwave on high, 10 minutes in a 450°F oven! That’s it!
Q: If I use fresh fruit (ie. apples, cherries) do I need to change the cooking time?
A: Nope! Same cooking time and your apples will be crisp, not mush at all.
Q: I like raisins in my apple pie but they never come out juicy. Any tips?
A: YES!!!! Let me share a GREAT tip from my Mom. If you like raisins in your apple pie but want them to be plump and juicy, soak them in some imitation vanilla extract for about 10 minutes. Drain off the extract (pour it back into the jar), and you will have the most amazing sweet juicy raisins in your pie! I keep a bottle of extract in my cupboard just for raisins.
Q: Can you make pumpkin pie in the microwave?
A: YES! My favorite sister (and only sister), Sheila, loves pumpkin pie. I hate it. She decided to give it a try and here is what she said…
“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.”
Now that you’re all ready to go with your Thanksgiving pies, let’s tackle the Thanksgiving table setting! Join me tomorrow for a YouTube Premiere as I feature 3 creative ways to decorate your table setting!
THURSDAY, October 23rd on YouTube (Connie Stewart) at the time below:
- 5pm pacific time
- 6pm mountain time
- 7pm central time
- 8pm eastern time
If you would like to “chat” with me during the Premiere, you will need to sign into your YouTube account (or set one up before the Premiere begins).
I know that some of you may still be skeptical but I have received SO many emails and comments from viewers who tried baking fruit pies in the microwave and now think I am a Pie Making Goddess. It’s true, I am… but now THEY are too! I hope you’ll try it out. You can join us in the Pie Making Goddess Hall of Fame!
I wanted to post this early enough so that you could try it out before the Thanksgiving rush. I hope that you will. It’s truly a fabulous recipe!
See you tomorrow for the Thanksgiving Table video!