Saturday, November 22, 2008

Pie Time

Today we head to my in-laws' for an early Thanksgiving celebration.

Aside from one finger tip burn, and a nearly burnt crust (don't answer the phone while making baked pie crust!), the pie making has been pretty good today. I make pies every Thanksgiving and have been making pumpkin pie for several years when I found a great recipe in Parade magazine. You can find the recipe here, though I use the one I snipped out of Parade and taped into my Better Crocker cookbook. I get nostalgic about the goofiest things.


Pie crust is surprisingly easy to make, albeit a little time consuming. I learned how in my high school foods class and have been doing it a few times a year ever since. The recipe I use is in my Betty Crocker cookbook. Here is the secret to pie crust success: roll it out between two pieces of wax paper (use some flour too). When it's all rolled out, remove one piece of wax paper and fit it into the pie plate. Then you peel the other piece of wax paper off and you've got a perfect crust. It works every time!

Today I am also making a very fun kid-friendly pie. When I saw mini graham cracker crusts at the store, I couldn't resist. Mini chocolate pies with whipped cream for the kids, what could be better?! For older kids, they could easily make this one on their own. I made the instant chocolate pudding from the pie filling directions on the box, poured it into the mini crusts, and topped with cool whip and sprinkles.

Yummmmmmmm...

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14 comments:

LoriAnn said...

I love the mini pie idea! How fun...maybe next summer for Kyle's birthday I can make individual ice cream pies!

Anna said...

I want some of the chocolate pies :D

Jen said...

Yum! I wish I could make pies...I actually think the whole pie crust thing is a bit too scary for me.

That is such a good idea with the little kid pies - I will have to try that sometime (especially since it doesn't involve making a pie crust.)

Midwest Beach Girl said...

ahhhh chocolate pies. What a Shafer tradition!

Subspace Beacon said...

Mmmmmm. Those look good.

Mimi said...

I'm scared of pie crusts -- I used to be able to do it, but not lately ... but your way does in fact sound foolproof so maybe for Xmas ...

Yum!

Aliki2006 said...

I love those mini crusts! I see them at the store all the time, but haven't been inspired to try them!

MidwestTwinGirl said...

Oh I can't wait for Thanksgiving!

Beck said...

Those little chocoalte pies are ADORABLE. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Jenifer said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and those pies sure look good.

Mama said...

You are a talented pie maker. They crust looks so "Thanksgivingey". Is it little leaves on the edge? See ya soon.

nikkis30by30 said...

I love that we share this tradition, you and I. Even though we haven't ever made them in the same room, we are making them together. I get to make mine tomorrow. Four of them to be exact. I am looking forward to it. Isn't it funny how you come up with little tips that you can't wait to share with others?!?!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving. I will be missing you. Love you lots and travel safe. **HUGS**

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