I never thought it would come to this. I actually went to the store and bought ready-made pie crust.
The things a blog drives you to do.
I’ve been making my own pie crust ever since I was a teenager, when for some odd reason I decided I wanted to learn how to make pies.
Each weekend, I would take one of Mother’s cookbooks and set to it. At first I made cream pies, as they were easiest. Eventually I graduated to fruit pies. The tricky part was always the crust, but that never bothered me because I was learning, you see? I knew that in time it would come to me, and eventually it did.
And what did I think of the crust? I, who only makes it from scratch?
Look! Over there! Is that a spaceship? Or some other incredibly fascinating thing to direct your attention away from this post? … No?
Okay, fine. I’ll admit it. It wasn’t bad.
You have no idea how hard that was for me to write. I honestly hoped it would be horrible. I wanted it to be clearly inferior, obviously lacking. But no. It wasn’t bad. Sigh.
In fact, I could even see positives in it (gasp!). Mainly: there was no muss, no fuss, no clean up. Just pop the crust in and boom, you’re done.
The downside? There was no muss, no fuss, no clean up. I just popped the crust in and boom, I was done. It was so unsatisfying! Like I didn’t earn the pie. As though I cheated, but instead of receiving a failing grade, I ate pie.
I decided another test had to be made. One thing about these ready-made crusts is that you have no leftovers – at all. Which means you can’t make pie crust cookies.
Please don’t tell me you’ve never had pie crust cookies? All you do is take a bit of leftover, rolled-out pie crust dough, sprinkle it with cinnamon and sugar, and bake it at 425 degrees for about 6 to 8 minutes. They’re super easy and really yummy, and I was certain would be an even better indicator of the difference between homemade and ready-made pie crust.
So I went to the store and bought another package of pie crust (Oh God — now I’ve bought two! Someone check the weather in hell!). I also made a batch of homemade. Because this is the kind of thing we take seriously here at Feeding on Folly.
My two varieties of pie crust cookies done, I asked my family for their opinions, one at a time. I did not tell them which was which. I stood by, making notes:
Daughter: This one is better (points at homemade). It’s lighter and more airy. The other one is hard.
Me: What about flavor?
Daughter: This one (points at ready-made) is kind of bitter.
Me: That one is store-bought.
Daughter: Actually, it’s kind of gross (tosses in trash).
Did I ever tell you how much I love Daughter?
Husband: That one is clearly the best (points at ready-made).
Me: Really? You think so?
Husband: Yeah. No contest.
Husband: (shrugs) It just has more flavor.
Me: What about the texture?
Husband: What do you mean, texture?
Me: Well, is one flakier?… Lighter?…
Husband: (shrugs) I couldn’t tell.
What can I say? I married a Philistine.
Son: (eats one, thinks about it… eats second one, thinks about it… Time stands still.)
Son: (eats another one, thinks again…) I think… I think I like that one (points at ready-made).
Son: It has a bit more flavor. What did you put on it?
Me: Cinnamon and sugar.
Son: What did you put on the that one? (Points at homemade.)
Me: Same thing. It’s the crust that’s different, not the topping.
Son: Oh! (He tries them again. Again, deep in thought…) Yeah, I still like it better.
Me: What about texture?
Son: That one (points at homemade) is flakier.
Me: But you still like the other better?
Son: Yeah. The texture isn’t as good, but I liked the taste.
Me: That’s the store-bought.
Son: What?! Are you kidding?
Me: No. That one’s store-bought, the other is homemade.
Son: (Tries them again) Well, the homemade is still good. I mean, it’s still…
Me: It’s okay. You can like the store-bought better.
Son: But I don’t want to like it better!
Poor kid. He seemed to think he failed me somehow. Didn’t stop him from eating the rest of the cookies, though.
So there you have it, two in favor of ready-made pie crust, one in favor of homemade. (I thought the homemade was way better, but then I knew which was which. So not sure if you want to count my vote.)
In closing, if buying ready-made pie crust means you’ll have more homemade pie in your life, then by all means buy this crust. You deserve more pie in your life.
And like I said… most grudgingly… it’s not bad. 🙂