SO excited for this week because we are talking PIE!
Not just any kind of pie either… my favorite Strawberry Pie. Juicy, sweet, ripe red strawberries are one of the highlights of summer. Whether you have access to a local farm and can pick them yourself, a produce stand, or from your super market, there’s nothing like fresh strawberries in summer.
And there’s nothing like having them in a crisp, graham cracker crust pie.
First things first – you can’t have a pie without a crust. I’m pretty sure most of us would agree that we also don’t want to be turning on our ovens and/or rolling out a pie crust that needs to stay cold, despite the summer heat. Which is where the famous Graham Cracker Crust comes into play.
It’s a breeze to make, requires NO OVEN, and has the unique sweetness of graham crackers with that bit of crunch you can’t find anywhere else. Not even in those store bought ones – because let’s be honest, there’s nothing like homemade pie crust, even if it is a simple graham cracker crust.
First, you need to mix your graham cracker crumbs with sugar… the sugar helps to crystalize the butter and holds the crust together.
Next, add the melted butter and mix everything together. It will look like coarse sand when it’s all blended and ready to go.
Finally you’re ready to make the crust. It’s so important to make sure you’re pressing the crumbs down firmly so they stick together, otherwise you’ll end up with a crumbled mess when it’s all said and done. I use a glass or a flat bottomed measuring cup to press down the crust. Your fingers will work, but using a glass guarantees it’s as tight as possible.
You must put it in the fridge for an hour – two at best – to make sure the crust has time to crystalize and harden, leaving you with a crisp pie crust without any hassle! Those store bought flavorless crusts are looking less and less appealing now, aren’t they?
Go ahead and whip up this super easy Graham Cracker Crust, fill it with your favorite filling (keep a lookout this week for the Strawberry Pie recipe!), and keep on enjoying summer! Easy. As. Pie!Print
A crisp, slightly sweet, no bake pie crust that’s perfect for summer!
- 1 1/2 cup graham cracker crumbs (about 9 full cracker sheets)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 6 Tablespoons melted butter
- If making your own graham cracker crumbs, puree graham crackers in a food processor or place them in a large baggie and roll with a rolling pin.
- Stir sugar and graham cracker crumbs together. Mix in melted butter until combined.
- Press firmly into a 9-inch pie pan using the bottom of a flat class. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until firm.