The Pie Crust

by Heather on November 29, 2010

There’s a fun reminder on Faces of Beauty today!

I’m throwing this out there, but don’t judge him on this alone:  Nate doesn’t actually like pumpkin pie.  At all.  From what I can tell it’s a texture thing, but bless his big heart he just can’t stand it!

Pecan pie though?  It’s a staple for him every year for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.  And, bless his big heart, he married me…the one who can’t seem to bake a pecan pie for her life.  This is where Mom steps in and saves the day with her amazing pecan pie recipe (I have to get permission to share it though :))

Her pecan pie recipe calls for a crust (duh)…but rather than go with store-bought I decided to test the limits of my sanity by creating my own pie crust.  After turning through the Pioneer Woman cookbook I finally ran across a recipe for the PERFECT PIE CRUST!  Sounds like a winner, right?

Whisk together the dry ingredients (which I did)…

Get some cold water ready…

And I decided to do it all in a food processor since I don’t have the time, patience, or appliances to do it the old-fashioned way (you know, where you cut the shortening into the flour and carefully fold the egg and water in…?)  You see I had to save all of that time so that I could roll the dough out and break it 3 times before finally getting it to the right size and shape for the pan.

Y’all, I kid you not, this pie crust just about killed me.  The expletives I was uttering I didn’t even know I knew.  The dogs and Nate were standing in the corner trying to both see what I was doing and stay as far away from me as possible.  The good news?  We made it.

I finally got the dough into the pie pan, pinched the sides together, and marveled at this:  this masterpiece of mine.  This PERFECT PIE CRUST that had created.

And I was proud.

Proud because I had pushed my limits.  Proud because I actually made something with shortening and not butter.  Proud because my husband and dogs still love me, although they are sleeping with one eye open these days.

That pie crust.  It’ll get to you.

But most of all proud that I was able to create my husband’s favorite pie tradition on Thanksgiving, something that reminded us both of home and transported our tastebuds to be with our families in Texas.

Now if someone could just please pass the rum…

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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 29, 2010

What a gorgeous looking crust!

Pecan pie is my absolute favorite!


2 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 29, 2010

I have a feeling trying to make my own pie crust would have the same effect on me. It would be a scary kitchen.


3 KeepItSweet November 29, 2010

your pie looks gorgeous! congrats on succeeding with your pie:-)


4 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston November 29, 2010

Gorgeous pie Heather! Doesn’t it feel great to make your own crust!?


5 Joslyn @ missfitbliss November 29, 2010

I have yet to venture down that baking path Heather! Kudos for breaking through the crust fear:)


6 Jessica @ How Sweet November 29, 2010

Your pie is beautiful!


7 Anna November 29, 2010

I’ve NEVER made my own pie crust– it intimidates the heck out of me!! I’m majorly impressed!!!


8 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 29, 2010

That does look perfect. I’m with Nate: pecan pie is better than pumpkin. But for me it’s a texture thing.


9 Matt November 29, 2010

That looks picture perfect ;)


10 Salah November 29, 2010

I don’t thnk I want to make my own pie crust lol….at least not until mom shows us her “secret” :-)


11 Julie November 29, 2010

For some reason, I have never ever ever had the desire to try pecan pie. It always looked really weird to me – like it would not taste good at all. Finally I broke down last year and had some…and then some more immediately after. It was SO good! I can’t believe how many decades it took me to try something so scrumptious!


12 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self November 29, 2010

WAY TO GO!!!!! Seriously, I’m very impressed!


13 Shanna, like Banana November 29, 2010

So impressed! I have yet to make my own pie crust — good for you!


14 OliePants November 29, 2010

I recently made my own pie crust and will never buy another! Yours looks fabulous and you have the perfect ‘pinching’ action going on! :)


15 Alexia @ DimpleSnatcher November 29, 2010

You did it!

(Shhh…I’m still terrified of making a pie)


16 Rachel @ The Avid Appetite November 29, 2010

There is nothing better than a good pie crust! I recently learned how to make my grandmother’s version and it was such an accomplishment! Yours looks beautiful!


17 Dorry November 29, 2010

Gorgeous pie! Your crust looks perfect. Hilarious to picture Nate and the dogs peeking around the kitchen corner while you were tackling the recipe. I can only imagine (since I’ve never made a crust) just how delicate that dough must be – but you did it! Congrats!


18 Delishhh November 29, 2010

I know what you mean when you say a perfect crust. I however, just use a lot of butter in my crust. I don’t know why but i have a problem adding shortening to my food, might just be me. I did make a new kind of crust for crostata and it was delicious. Might be my new favorite.


19 LiveForTheRun November 29, 2010

The reason you baked this pie is so sweet – that’s Thanksgiving! I did the ol’ store bought crust, but there is something magical about truly homemade. Looks amazing!


20 November 29, 2010

yum! this looks absolutely incredible. great work on the crust!:)


21 Ingrid November 29, 2010

Love the crust!


22 Kristi November 29, 2010

Your pie looks beautiful :) Great job!


23 Jacqui December 2, 2010

My hubby does not like pumpkin either. I made apple pie for him this year.


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