Ask DJ Lyons: Preparing Whole Wheat Pie Crust vs. Regular Pie Crust

Store-Bought Pie Crust

Store-Bought Pie Crust
Store-Bought Pie Crust | Source

Whole Wheat Pie Crust

Whole Wheat Pie Crust
Whole Wheat Pie Crust | Source

Preparing Whole Wheat Pie Crust vs. Regular Pie Crust

Have you ever wondered whether you would like to invest your time in making home made pie crust versus buying a pre-made pie crust in a store? I know I have!

If I am short on time, it is delightfully easy to have a couple of store bought pie cruist stored in your freezer that you can place in the oven and bake. But are the store bought pie crusts all that nourishing? That's one of the things I began to wonder.

I decided to try an experiment. I would make a pie crust using whole wheat flour and compare it to the taste and texture of a regular pie crust bought in a store.

This hub will show you how to fix both. Then you can easily try this out for yourself.

Step 1 - Allow 1 stick of butter to soften

Step 1 - Allow 1 stick of butter to soften
Step 1 - Allow 1 stick of butter to soften | Source

Step 1 - Allow 1 stick of butter to soften

 To make your own pie cruist, allow 1 stick of butter to soften in a bowl.

Please note, if you are making a pie crust for a deep dish pie tin or regular size pie tin, you will only need one stick of butter. On the other hand, if you plan to make a pie crust for a round cake pan, you will need 1 1/2 sticks of butter.

Step 2 - Add one-fourth teaspoon of salt or sea salt

Step 2 - Add one-fourth teaspoon of salt or sea salt
Step 2 - Add one-fourth teaspoon of salt or sea salt | Source

Step 2 - Add one-fourth teaspoon of salt or sea salt

 Add 1/4 teaspoon of either regular salt or sea salt. I typically use sea salt as that is supposed to be a little healthier.

Step 2A - Here is the softened butter and salt in the bowl

Step 2A - Here is the softened butter and salt in the bowl
Step 2A - Here is the softened butter and salt in the bowl | Source

Step 2A - Here is the softened butter and salt in the bowl

Here is the softened butter and salt in the bowl.

Step 3 - Add at least 1 cup of whole wheat flour

Step 3 - Add at least 1 cup of whole wheat flour
Step 3 - Add at least 1 cup of whole wheat flour | Source

Step 3 - Add at least 1 cup of whole wheat flour

Add at least 1 cup of whole wheat flour. If you are making this pie crust for a regular-size pie tin, one cup of whole wheat flour will be plenty. If you are making this pie crust for a deep-dish pie tin, you might want to use 1 1/2 cups of flour. If you are making this pie crust for a round cake pan, you will need 2 cups of whole wheat flour.

FYI - You can certainly use this recipe to make a pie crust using regular flour. I am using whole wheat flour as that is supposed to be a whole lot healthier and more nutritious.

Step 3A - Here is the flour, salt, and butter in bowl

Step 3A - Here is the flour, salt, and butter in bowl
Step 3A - Here is the flour, salt, and butter in bowl | Source

Step 3A - Here is the flour, salt, and butter in bowl

Here is the whole wheat flour, salt, and butter in a bowl.

Step 4 - Stir well until totally blended together

Step 4 - Stir well until totally blended together
Step 4 - Stir well until totally blended together | Source

Step 4 - Stir well until totally blended together

Stir well until totally blended together. I start out mixing this up with a spoon.

Then I have to continue mixing it with my hands. To make certain that the sticky mixture does not adhere to your hands, have some extra flour on hand that you can powder your hands with.

Step 5 - Here is the crust totally blended together

Step 5 - Here is the crust totally blended together
Step 5 - Here is the crust totally blended together | Source

Step 5 - Here is the crust totally blended together

Here is the crust totally blended together.

Step 6 - Press the pie crust into pie tin or cake pan

Step 6 - Press the pie crust into pie tin or cake pan
Step 6 - Press the pie crust into pie tin or cake pan | Source

Step 6 - Press the pie crust into pie tin or cake pan

Press the pie crust into pie tin or cake pan. In this case, I am using a round cake pan.

Step 7 - Purchase deep dish pie crust

Step 7 - Purchase deep dish pie crust
Step 7 - Purchase deep dish pie crust | Source

Step 7 - Purchase deep dish pie crust

Purchase deep dish pie crust. You can also purchase a regular size pie crust instead.

Step 8 - Prick with a fork

Step 8 - Prick with a fork
Step 8 - Prick with a fork | Source

Step 8 - Prick with a fork

 Prick the store bought pie crust with a fork several times to keep the crust from puffing up when you bake it.

Step 9 - Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees

Step 9 - Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees
Step 9 - Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees | Source

Step 9 - Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees

 Bake both pie crusts for 10 minutes at 400 degrees. Then allow them to cool completely before adding whatever pie filling you plan to use.

Step 10 - Allow regular pie crust to cool completely

Step 10 - Allow regular pie crust to cool completely
Step 10 - Allow regular pie crust to cool completely | Source

Step 10 - Allow regular pie crust to cool completely

Allow regular pie crust to cool completely.

Step 10 A - Allow whole wheat pie crust to cool completely

Step 10 A - Allow whole wheat pie crust to cool completely
Step 10 A - Allow whole wheat pie crust to cool completely | Source

Step 10 A - Allow whole wheat pie crust to cool completely

Allow whole wheat pie crust to cool completely.

Taste Test Comparison

After making both kinds of pie crusts, I used them to make Vegetable Quiche. Although the store-bought pie crust tasted a bit better, the whole wheal pie crust worked just about as well. Additionally, it made me feel really good to use a pie crust that was a lot healthier for my body.

If you follow the food pyramid, we are typically supposed to eat 5 to 6 ounces of grains. At least half of those grains are supposed to be made with whole wheat flour. Therefore, using the whole wheat pie crust would definitely fulfill some of your healthy food requirements.

FYI - According to MyFood-a-pedia, one bowl of cereal counts as one ounce of grains. One-half cup of rice counts as one ounce of grains. One-half cup of cooked oatmeal counts as one ounce of grains. Other foods that count as one ounce of grains include a 4-inch waffle, one slice of bread or toast, one-half of an English muffin, etc. Hopefully, you get the idea.

For even more information, you may wish to read my hub called Ask DJ Lyons: Grain options from the Food Pyramid.

Pie and Cake Tins

Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish, Cerise Red
Emile Henry 9-Inch Pie Dish, Cerise Red

Marcigny, a small town nestling between the hills of Southern Burgundy, has been home to Emile Henry for the past 150 years. Faithful to its origins, the entire production is carried out here. Thanks to its clay, rich in refractory properties, Burgundy has remained a fertile area for potters, passing on their savoir-faire from generation to generation. Clay, a natural and noble material, has been used since the mists of the time to cook or preserve food. While respecting the traditional techniques, Emile Henry has introduced technological improvements (Ceradon ®) so that the dishes are more resistant to mechanical and thermal shock. Strong, durable, all Emile Henry pieces can be taken directly from the freezer to the hot oven, can go under a broiler and is microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe. The natural clay is unsurpassed for conducting and retaining heat. All pieces are perfect for everyday use and carry a 3 year warranty against defects.

 
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Hi-Dome Covered Pie Pan
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Hi-Dome Covered Pie Pan

A necessity for any chef's kitchen. Perfect for keeping your pies staying fresh. The high dome provides ample room so that the top of the pie does not get squashed by the cover. The pan is constructed of even heating rust proof aluminum and features a galvanized steel wire around the rims for added strength. Tested and certified by NSF International, the widely recognized and respected independent certification organization for public health safety. The 10 inch pie pan comes with a domed plastic cover which allows room for toppings on pies. Proudly made in the USA by Nordic Ware.

 
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Square Cake Pan with Lid, Exterior 9.88 x 9.88 Inches
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Square Cake Pan with Lid, Exterior 9.88 x 9.88 Inches

A necessity for any chef's kitchen. Naturals uncoated commercial aluminum bakes better, lasts forever and is rust proof and dishwasher safe. The Natural Commercial Bakeware line is designed for commercial use and is certified for restaurant use by NSF International, the independent certification organization for public health safety. This pan will exceed all of your expectations at home. The durable, natural aluminum construction bakes evenly and browns uniformly, while the light color prevents overbrowning. This 9 by 9 Inch Cake Pan comes with a plastic lid for storage and easy transportation of all your baked goods. Proudly made in the USA by Nordic Ware.

 
Cuisinart AMB-9DP Chef's Classic 9-Inch Nonstick Bakeware Deep-Dish Pie Pan
Cuisinart AMB-9DP Chef's Classic 9-Inch Nonstick Bakeware Deep-Dish Pie Pan

From the premier name in food processors, comes a superior line of bakeware. Constructed out of heavy gauge materials, these are pans that won't warp and will facilitate even browning. Nonstick inside and out makes your life easy when it comes to removing food from the pan for serving, and during cleaning. You can even put these pieces in the dishwasher if you like! Backed by a lifetime warranty, you're sure to enjoy many years of trouble free, exemplary performance with Cuisinart bakeware.

 
9 Inch Decorative Pie Plate Cherry
9 Inch Decorative Pie Plate Cherry

Handsomely display and preserve homemade pies with the 9 Inch Ceramic Pie Plate. These pie plates feature hand-painted ceramic lids which make your already delicious cherry pie even more enticing. One cherry sits atop the others to serve as an easy grip handle to make serving your pie easy and stlyish. Oven safe at up to 350 degreesF these pie platters will make a great addition to any Thanksgiving spread or a wonderful gift for the baking enthusiast in your life. Decorative Ceramic Pie Platter Features Oven safe up to 350 degreesF. Hand-painted ceramic lid in cherry pie design. 7" at the base and 9" around the rim. Lid keeps pie longer by holding in moisture. Stem funtions as handle for lid. Makes an excellent gift for the baker in your life. Pair with our cherry pie themed decorative tea towel . An excellent addition to the spread at Thanksgiving or any other family gathering.

 

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cheapsk8chick 5 years ago

I'd never thought about using whole wheat for pie crusts. Though I don't make crusts very often, this is definitely something I will try.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks! Let me know how it goes, please. I hope you like it!


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John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Great hub. I was always skeptical about using whole wheat replacements on anything. I've changed my mind during the past year or so. However, I didn't know you could use whole wheat replacements on pastries.

Thanks DJ


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Yes, it was a fun experiment. I hope it works out for you.

Best wishes to you,

Debbie aka DJ Lyons

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