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Little Pies
Friday, October 2, 2009 | Time: 9:01 AM


I don't own a pie pan.
Alas, my old one got broken a while back and I just havn't gotten a new one.
So when I came across this No Roll Pie Crust recipe, I felt sad for my lost pan. But I did have a couple of glass ramekins stashed somewhere. I decided to use them and make little pies, instead.

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No Roll Pie Crust
from Joy the Baker
Note: I x'd the cream cheese and milk and used heavy cream. This makes a very crumbly (but delicious) crust.

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 Tablespoons sugar

1/8 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup (4 Tablespoon) frozen butter that has been grated on a cheese grater

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 Tablespoon cream cheese, at room temperature

2 Tablespoons cold milk

In a medium sized bowl combine flour, salt, baking powder and sugar. Whisk together.

Add frozen butter that has been grated on a cheese grater and tablespoon of cream cheese. With your fingers, work the cream cheese and butter into the flour mixture, breaking the butter and cream cheese up until they’re in well incorporated into the flour. Some butter bits will be tiny, other the size of small peddles. The dough may even begin to some together in a rough, sandy kind of way.

Combine the milk and oil. Whisk together. Add all at once to the flour and butter mixture. With a fork, begin to combine the ingredients, making sure that all of the flour mixture is introduced to the liquid. The mixture does not need to come together into a ball. Leave it a bit shaggy and dump the dough into a clean 9-inch pie plate. With your fingers, press the dough evenly into the bottom of the pie plate and up the sides. Try to get the dough as even as possible, but don’t worry too much about finger indentations. You can’t fight that.

Place the prepared crust in the freezer while you preheat the oven and prepare your filling. If you’re going to pre-bake your crust, heat the oven to 350 degrees F and line the chilled pie crust with foil, weigh down with beans and bake for 10 minutes covered. Remove the foil and beans and bake for 4-6 minutes uncovered until golden brown.

If you need an unbaked pie crust, simply remove the crust from the freezer once your filling is made, fill your pie and place in a preheated oven. Bake according to your particular recipe.

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You can, if you're VERY gentle, make strips for a top crust. Pat down enough dough to cover the top (in this case, I used about a walnut sized piece). With a knife or something flat and sturdy, shape it into a rectangle. Then simply cut slices out and carefully lift them with the knife, place on top of the filling. Think Playdough!


I made one wee Apple Pie and one wee Sugar Pie. These will be lovely with whipped cream after dinner
<-- Sugar Pie
This Sugar Pie is new to me (also found on Joy's blog)
It's REALLY good and we shall all put it to good use in our belleh.




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