Sunday, November 12, 2017


It's that pie-making time of year - though, to be honest, I am up for a pie any time of the year.  (And for total transparency, I am up for pie any time of day as well.  I have eaten it for breakfast on more occasions than I would care to admit. 🙈  I usually justify this to myself by internally remarking about how much fruit there is.) Savory or sweet are both up my alley, though I really love sweet pies a la mode.  🤗


I blogged my mother's pie recipe six years ago. 😳 I thought it might be time to revisit it for this Thanksgiving season.  It is super basic, uses things you probably already have on hand and turns out for me every time.  I love it and have never bothered with any other recipe.  I'm sure there are other amazing ones out there, but this one tastes like home and family and will do for us.


In short - you need:

2 cups of flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup of shortening
1/2 cup of buttermilk (I make this using regular milk with 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar)

Mix the flour and salt, then cut in the shortening until it is all crumbly.  Add the buttermilk and mix until combined.  Divide in half and roll out into crusts.  I roll this out on floured wax paper.  When I originally blogged this, I took pictures of every step - if you want a lot more detail, click here.

Over the years, I've shared other recipes that I often use for Thanksgiving - if you want some really basic ideas, here's that post.

Recently, I've been having fun making pie crusts more beautiful, and this recipe holds up to some manipulation. If you want to make a lot of extra decorations for the top, I would make this recipe times 1.5.  For lots of great ideas, just type in "Pretty Pie Crusts" into Pinterest.  There are so many gorgeous pies out there!  I hope this helps get your pie wheels turning!