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Easiest Way to Make Pie

Updated on November 16, 2017
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Athlyn Green enjoys discovering innovative cooking tricks and shares these with others.

Pie Balls Ready for the Freezer

Say goodbye to the work of making pie.
Say goodbye to the work of making pie. | Source

There's a Much Better Way!

Forget about having to make filling and pie dough all in one go, forget about freezing pies, only to have large chunks of crust break off before you ever get them out of the freezer and into the oven.

Love Homemade Pie but Wish There was an Easier Way?

I love pie, but I have never cared for the standing and the effort to make pies, so for years, my pie-making efforts were few and far between. I had a good recipe and could make wonderfully flaky dough, but still it always seemed like too much work.

Many would agree that while pies are delicious, making them can be a bit of a marathon. Even if you are skilled at making flaky crust, in order to produce a homemade pie, you have to make the filling and then you have to mix your pie dough, then roll it out, then cut it... enough to choke a horse, right?

Many cooks find standing for long periods challenging, and they may feel that having to make both filling and pie crust in one session seems rather daunting. The reality? Homemade pie becomes a distant memory or one settles for store-bought, which is never quite as good.

I've come up with a easy method and am sharing with readers. You can have pie crust at the ready any time you have a hankering for pie--and even better, you will have enough dough for a number of pies. It doesn't get much better than this.

Thinking outside the box can make a huge difference when it comes to doing something in a totally different way. Using this method, popping a pie in the oven becomes almost effortless.

Pie Without the Work... How?

Okay, so how the heck can you have pie when you want it, without all the work? You simply prepare a large batch of pie dough (enough for 5-6 pies) ahead of time, shape it into palm-sized balls, and then freeze the pie balls.

Pie dough keeps remarkably well and it is a simple matter to take out a pie ball to defrost prior to rolling out the dough for a pie. Defrosting takes just minutes and you can set your pie ball on a plate to soften while you prepare your filling mixture.

Have Homemade Pie Anytime You Want - Pie Balls to the Rescue!

Image: Pie Dough Formed Into Pie Balls Ready for Freezing
Image: Pie Dough Formed Into Pie Balls Ready for Freezing | Source

One Ball or Two?

• If you desire an open-faced pie, use one ball.

• If you want to cover your pie with a top crust, use two pie balls.

Pie-Making Tricks

  1. You'll need a good, dependable recipe for pie crust that makes enough for 4-8 pies.
  2. Use a large bowl for mixing ingredients.
  3. Make sure your lard is soft prior to cutting into flour mixture.
  4. Once you've made your pie dough you should divide it into 6-8 portions and shape these into palm-sized balls.
  5. Wrap each ball of pie dough in plastic wrap and place in a bag or place each ball in its own bag and store bags in a larger bag and put in freezer.

When it's Time for Pie...

Each time you have a hankering for pie, simply bring out a pie ball to defrost, then roll it out on a floured counter to desired size/thickness, roll it up around your rolling pin and unroll it over the top of your pie plate. Easy-peasy.

No Having To Shape Edges With a Fluted Pie Plate

Easy Shaping of Pie Crust Edges

A fluted pie plate takes the work out of trying to shape your pie edging. You simply add your pie dough and smooth it over the edges.

I have one of these and wish I'd gotten one years ago. I find that the pie does not stick to the surface of this pie plate and cooks evenly.

What a great time-saving idea.

Homemade Pie Does Not Have to Spell Work

Once you try this pie-making trick, you'll never go back to the old method of making ingredients and dough in one session. This is truly the quintessential lazy man's way to make pie.

After reading this article would you make pie balls?

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© 2011 Athlyn Green

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      Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Island Nurse,

      That's is a neat idea. I usually roll my crust around my rolling pin and then place it at one end of my pie plate and unroll it.

      My favorite trick is to use a fluted pie pan. I was never quite sure how to shape the edge and used my thumb and fingers previously. I finally got a ceramic pie pan and will be using it from now on.

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      islandnurse 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      I heard another neat trick the other day... rolling out the crust on a clean, floured tea towel, makes it easy to lift and get into the pie plate without tearing the crust! Nice hub.

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      Ok, thanks

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      Athlyn Green 6 years ago from West Kootenays

      Hi Brie,

      You can do this--and I have tried it--but I've found that it is very easy for your crust to break when handling your pies.

      If you have to move stuff around in your freezer or when you go to remove a pie it is hard going to not knock off a piece of the frozen crust.

      As well, if you use your pie balls, if you want to make tarts, you also have pie crust at the ready.

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      Brie Hoffman 6 years ago from Manhattan

      Can you roll it out and freeze it in a pie pan?