Top Rated Pie Crust Recipes

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People are unnecessarily intimidated by pie crusts. Your first 10 crusts may look like kindergarten art projects, but so long as the edges are presentable — so long as there are edges — no one who eats the pie will know or care. Many recipes are very specific about what type of fat to use. Cooks swear by all-butter pie crusts, Crisco crusts, lard crusts, even vegetable oil crusts. My favorite is this butter-lard crust, which has the most flavor and shatters when you bite into it. But, use whatever fat you want; the crust will be better than anything you can buy. Homemade crust tasted against Safeway’s frozen shell was delicate and rich, as opposed to brittle and bland. Likewise, it outperformed Pillsbury roll-out dough. Make it or buy it? Make it.  Click here to see the Pumpkin Pie recipe. 
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Gluten-Free Quiche
Pie crust proves to be difficult to make, even when it’s not gluten-free (GF). Working on perfecting the GF pie crust, I went back to basics and used my professional baking textbook from culinary school to find two different types of pie crusts: A flaky one and a mealy, enriched pie crust. I thought to myself, doesn’t everyone want a flaky pie crust as opposed to a mealy one?  That tends to be the first complaint about GF baked goods: They’re mealy.  Regardless, I made up the two texturally different types with my GF adaptation magic and, low and behold, the flaky one was the winner. Well, as flaky as we’ll achieve being gluten-free. The mealy one turned out to be only slightly mealy, but was more like shortbread with egg yolk. (Maybe we will revisit that later.) While looking at produce for the filling, I was struck at how beautiful leeks look this time of year. Leeks have a great, mild flavor that is slightly sweet with a light, almost chive-like character. So a leek and goat cheese quiche sounded like the perfect filling for my new pie crust as they are a great flavor pairing.   Keep it simple when making the quiche. I don’t recommend soft goat for this recipe – too much water and not enough flavor. Go for something that you can grate, with more character to it.  While shopping, ask a cheesemonger for samples of different types of a semi-hard to hard goat cheese. You will be amazed how many different kinds there are. Pick your favorite and don’t worry about the strength of the flavor; the goat cheese and the leeks will be the stars of the quiche no matter what.
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Graham Cracker
This pie crust works well for custard-based pies. It’s easy to make and tastes wonderfully rich. Graham crackers are naturally low in fat, so I prefer to use the full-fat ones rather than the reduced-fat graham crackers, which have an artificial taste. — Marisa Churchill, Sweet and Skinny Click here to see the Individual S'more Tarts recipe. 
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If you enjoy hosting parties at home then its imperative to have good quiche recipes under your belt. Don't limit your quiche creation to brunch. Mini quiches are great appetizers so be sure to add this to your repertoire and serve it at your next party . 
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Grilled Apple Pie
My family loves pies during the holiday and this grilled apple pie is sure to please the masses with its smoke sweet goodness. Now all you need is a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream and a comfy couch to take that post-Easter dinner nap! Click here for more Grilled Easter Recipes From Easter menus and party ideas to the best Easter dinner, dessert, and cocktail recipes, we’ve got you covered. Find all this and more on The Daily Meal’s Easter Recipes & Menus Page.    
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For a quick and easy pie crust, try using Ritz Crackers and your favorite cream-based filling.
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Danish Kringle
This Scandinavian pastry comes in all shapes and sizes, and can vary in filling, too. This recipe, which won Pillsbury's Bake-Off in 1994, creates a salty and sweet combination with chopped pecans and brown sugar, and a refrigerated pie crust makes it easy as ever to create. 
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Tomato Tart
Let’s just say you have some leftovers — perhaps a beef stew, perhaps some chicken  in, oh, I don’t know, cider gravy — and you’re thinking, "Boring! I can’t possibly eat that again." Well, my friend, should this happen to you, simply whip up a savory pie crust. In about a half an hour, you will be placing into your oven a dish worthy of company. If you happen to be a guest at my house during the winter months, you need not worry about being gauche by asking if the meat and gravy part of the pie are leftovers. They most assuredly are. And yet, you will be overwhelmed with the transcendent buttery flakiness of the crust, and will not care that I am serving you leftovers, my dear guest. The number of dishes that can be fancied up with this dough is practically limitless. OK, so you’re a vegetarian. How about a vegetable stew, or a lentil and carrot stew? You there, Ms. Carnivore, let’s make a chili con carne and top it off with a layer of shredded pepper jack cheese and then the crust. Or maybe a lamb and carrot stew would be more to your liking. Why not add a bit of goat cheese under the crust for that dish? You see what I mean? Practically limitless. So, now, just forget that you’ve ever read anything that implies pie dough is challenging to craft. Get thee to thy pantry and gather up the flour and butter and vegetable shortening. We’re going to make a meal-saving, savory pie crust. Try it with this Tomato Tart recipe.
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5-Ingredient Pie Crust Cookies
If you like the flaky, buttery crust of a pie, you're going to love this easy cookie recipe. These 5-Ingredient Pie Crust Cookies are everything you love about your favorite pie crust, but in the form of portable cookies. The all-butter pie crust recipe can be used to make cut-out cookies or braided into a beautiful design. Although this recipe for pie crust is basically foolproof, you can also use store-bought pie crust instead. Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar, these cookies are just sweet enough to enjoy any time of day! Click Here to See More Dessert Recipes  
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Apple Pie with Cream Cheese Pie Crust
Here it is, the pie I made earlier this week with cream cheese and apples picked at a friend’s wedding in Santa Cruz. I ended up taking this apple pie to my office after I photographed it, and there wasn’t anything left on the plate by the time I came back 15 minutes later.
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Basic Pie Crust
This is an amazingly versatile recipe for a double-crust pie. It can be used for sweet or savory pies. It can be all butter, all leaf lard, all shortening, or any combination. For savory pies you can even use beef suet. Choose a good-size bowl, one where both of your hands can fit in and work. You will be mixing the crust with your hands. Pour all dry ingredients into the bowl and mix together in the bowl with your hands. Click here to see The Ultimate Guide to Pie.
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Everything from the pie crust to the filling in this pie is homemade. The secret ingredient is the boxed sugar free jell-o pudding that provides a gelatinous texture, one similar to jam. Serve warm and if you really want, with fat free ice cream or cool whip!  Click here to see the 10 Dessert Recipes for Diabetics (Slideshow)Photo Modified: Flickr/ jeffreyw
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