How to Make a Graham Cracker Pie Crust
Graham Cracker Pie Crust Recipe
While graham cracker crusts are readily available pre-made, those certainly aren't the best crusts to use to showcase your hard work. They're like concrete...and at the same time they crumble far too easily. Plus, you really have no idea what is actually in that store-bought crust. The taste is nearly non-existent and adds little or nothing to your pie.
Far better that you take the extra few minutes to make your own pie crust...and if you want a graham cracker crust, you've come to the right place.
- 12 graham crackers, (1 1/2 cups after crushing)
- 6 tablespoons melted butter or margarine
- 1/3 cup white or brown sugar, (brown sugar will result in a richer, sweeter taste)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon, optional
- Crush the graham crackers until they're fine. One method of accomplishing this with minimal mess is to put the crackers into a 1-gallon ziplock bag and crush them with the heel of your hand or a meat-tenderizing hammer. Continue with a rolling pin until all the pieces are crushed fine.
- Melt butter in a microwave or stovetop pan.
- Combine graham crackers, melted butter, and sugar in a medium mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. If the optional cinnamon is to be used, add it as well. The mix will tend to clump; make sure that the butter and sugar are mixed in evenly.
- Pour the mix into a 9" pie pan and spread it evenly. Press the mixture firmly onto the pan, making sure that the corners and edges don't end up thicker than the rest. A spoon may be used to press with, although fingers work just as well.
- Bake at 350°F (175°C) for 10 minutes and let cool. Tip: Refrigerate raw crust in the pan for a few minutes before baking. It will help the crust separate from the pan later, when serving.
Refrigerate raw crust in the pan before baking. This will help the crust separate from the pan later, when serving.
Where Do You Go From Here?
OK, the crust is made, what will you put into it?
Let The Kids Help Make Your Pie Crust
This is an ideal time to introduce your children to baking. Graham cracker crusts are so easy to make that even the youngest can help out, and most small children will love the opportunity to help Mom or Dad cook something.
Care must be taken with smaller children and the melted butter; just a few seconds longer in the microwave can produce a butter liquid that will burn badly if spilled onto an exposed hand or arm. Junior may need a little help here, or at least supervision.
The graham crackers are a little difficult to crush for the young ones. Maybe roll just one or two at a time, or finish the final crushing yourself. Using the plastic bag will help considerably with mess, and is highly recommended. If you're really brave you might help your child make a "rotten egg" (aka Banana Split) pie - delicious and extremely rich, just what kids love!
Let the little ones help with some supervision, then, and smile inside when they announce to the family that they made the pie. It's well worth the extra few minutes of time.
© 2012 Dan Harmon