I consider myself quite lucky to have grown up with a Grandma who knew how to bake the best pie.
From the homemade filling to the flaky crust, my Grandma Metzger had a real gift when it came to baking up just about any kind of pie recipe.
I spent my childhood summers on my Grandparent’s farm in Indiana and I learned so much about cooking and baking from my Grandma. Her techniques and tricks were simple, but they always delivered a delicious result.
Grandma taught me how to bake and frost a cake, make homemade bread, and roast a chicken. She instilled in me the basics of how to create a hearty casserole and she shared her secret to the best mashed potatoes (you MUST salt the water!)
But sadly, of all the wonderful recipes and techniques she did teach me, I never asked her to teach me how to make a pie crust.
Can you believe it? She won blue ribbons for her pies at the county fair, and I didn’t have her teach me how to make a good crust.
I guess I realized that there was no way I was going to ever bake a pie as good as hers, so I left the expertise to the expert!
I certainly enjoyed my fair share of her delicious pie recipes and while her pie legacy lives on through the many recipes I have from her, it breaks my heart a bit that I don’t have Grandma’s Pie Crust 101 in my cooking education.
That’s not to say I haven’t tried making pie crusts on my own. I have and they’ve turned out just fine. It’s just that it wasn’t HERS.
My Easy Go To Pie Crust Recipe
One of my favorite crust recipes is from Live Well, Bake Often.
It’s an adapted recipe from Better Homes and Garden and is easy to make and comes out flaky each time.
The key, I’ve learned, when it comes to a good pie crust, is that everything should be COLD. The flour, the bowl, the butter, the shortening, the water. COLD is key. And don’t add too much water and don’t use too much flour to roll the dough out.
Funny, my Grandma may not have technically taught me how to make a pie crust, but I remember watching her and she always made sure her ingredients were chilled and she never used a lot of flour to roll the pie dough. I guess I learned more than I realized!
Pre-Made Pie Crust Perfection
If you aren’t interested in making your own pie crust, then I highly recommend using a Marie Callender’s pie crust from the frozen section of your grocery store. Talk about flaky. Sooooo good. I grew up going to Marie Callender’s restaurants in California and they would display a huge board of the days’ pies. It was pie heaven.
The Best Pies For The Holidays
I’ve rounded up an assortment of my favorite pie recipes for you and I hope this collection helps to make planning for the holidays a little easier.
Remember, pie isn’t just for the holidays…so if you want to bake one of these pie recipes just because it’s a Tuesday in January, then I say “eat pie and carry on!” Life is too short to not enjoy a slice of pie.
Traditional Pies To Enjoy
This pecan pie recipe is my husband’s favorite!
You’ll love my take on apple pie. This sour cream apple pie with a crumb topping is divine!
While the classic pumpkin pie is always a favorite, here’s a way to take that pie to over the top status!
Easy No Bake Pies
Who doesn’t love the idea of a no bake dessert? These no bake pies are a decadent way to end any meal. I love the citrus notes as wonderful way to cleanse the palate after a heavy feast.
Imagine the tang of lemon, slightly softened by the creaminess of white chocolate and a blueberry burst to finish it off! This lemon blueberry pie takes less than 5 minutes to make and is a refreshing dessert any time of year.
And if you’re a fan of key lime, then this easy, no bake version, will be a satisfying treat anytime the craving strikes! I love to make these as individual desserts. They look so pretty to serve!
Fabulous Fruit Pies
And for the fruit pie lover, this raspberry pie is a delicious treat in the winter months. Served slightly warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream? Oh! There’s nothing better!
Pie Baking Essentials
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I enjoy sharing my love of baking with others. Be it a cookbook, a new pie dish or a cute set of measuring spoons, it’s always fun to pass along something you love to someone you love!
Be sure to check out the collage below with some fun baking finds I’ve discovered. I’m always on the look out and love to share what I find with all of you. Just click on any of the pictures you see to learn more information about the items.
I hope as you start to put together your holiday menus, one of my pie recipes makes it to your table. I’d love to know which pie you choose….which sounds most delicious to start? Let me know in the comment section below! I always love to hear from you!
From my holiday kitchen to yours,