|The Crust that Saved Thanksgiving|
|DON'T TALK TO ME!! I'M BAKING PIES!!!|
I examined my glass pie plates, an assortment of Deep Dish Pyrex jobs ranging from 9" to 9 1/2" diameter, and contemplated dashing out to Target or Bed,Bath & Beyond in search of shallower, "standard" 9" pie plates. Then I envisioned the hassle of parking, holiday shopping crowds, and the distinct possibility that neither store would even have the kind of pie plate I was looking for, that I'd hunt all over town for it all day long, and that I STILL would have to come home and roll out pie crust afterwards.
Well, nuts to that -- Thanksgiving is supposed to be a time to relax and count your blessings, not a time to teach your children new swear words as your pie crust disintegrates all over the kitchen counter. I'm making my molasses pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving, but this time I'm using these delightful Pillsbury Pet Ritz frozen pie crusts from the grocery store that come already shaped in their own little disposable pie pans. I blind-baked the crusts with my pie weights, mixed up a batch of my favorite molasses pumpkin pie filling, poured it into the crusts, and baked them as usual.
|Cinnamon-Molasses Pumpkin Pies with Profanity-Free Piecrusts|
This Thanksgiving, I will be thankful that the folks at Pillsbury make pie crusts so I don't have to do it anymore. And, if anyone in my family misses the original pecan pie crust enough to give me grief about it? Well, they are welcome to sell their souls to the pastry devils and learn to make pie crusts on their own.
Now, with a smile on my face and a latte in my hand, I'm going right upstairs to my sewing room to make another Dresden plate.
|"Thanksgiving Pie," Norman Rockwell, 1930|