I am not an experienced pie maker; experienced pie eater, yes. My mom is amazing at making pie dough, but I’ve always been a little afraid of it. See my mom teaching my daughters the art of pie making here. We decided to conquer our pie crust making fears and just go for, I mean after all, not great pie crust is still pie, which is still pretty great. 😉
I’m not going to lie and say it was easy. However first said “easy as pie”, well let’s just say -lie.
For our pie stand we made: apple, apple crumble, coconut cream, cherry, blueberry crumble and individual banana cream pies in a mason jar. My sweet sister-in-law Heather, also made rhubarb custard tarts, and a strawberry rhubarb pie. We had vanilla whipped cream and vanilla ice cream on the side. It was all very, very yummy!
We started out with making a whole lot of pie crust. I used this recipe from the crisco website for “Easy as Pie” Pastry Dough.
I made one batch with one daughter, while my husband made another batch with the other daughter -since we knew we needed a whole-lot-a-crust!
For the apple I used the same method that I shared here.
These were really, really good, and I would definitely use this recipe again.
For the coconut I used a packaged coconut pudding that you cook on the stove top. After cooking and cooling an empty pie shell, we added the pudding.
After it cooled we topped with whipped cream and toasted coconut. It was quite easy to make, but did involve a lot of steps and a lot of waiting in between. My husband, whose favourite is coconut cream, would say it was worth it.
The final pies I made were these cute little mini banana cream pies in mina mason jars.
I added some graham cracker crumbs to the bottom and baked for 10 min. (just follow the directions on the package for making pie crust).
Then I added banana pudding, over some slices of banana.
After they cooled I topped with whipped cream, and sprinkled with some remaining graham cracker crumbs. This one, with no pastry was by far the easiest, and really yummy too.
The pie stand was a huge hit, and making pies together as a family was really fun, and will be a great memory for years to come. We’ll all especially remember sharing a small pie for breakfast the next morning before the party -quality control. That’s our story and we’re sticking to it!
With this much wonderful pie, life truly is a party!