Penguin Pie

It is food and cooking week here at the Ball, and I’ve enlisted Random Penguin to help me share the pie crust recipe handed down to me by my very busy mother. I should make it clear that I am not an Iron Chef type cook. My kitchen utensils are pretty much limited to a wooden spoon and a can opener. I also don’t have time these days to putter about in the kitchen. However, I do have a fondness for pie and I don’t like store bought crust.

Perhaps I am not alone, and there are others of you in my predicament. If so, have no fear! This crust is so easy, even a penguin can make it.

RP pie crust


1 cup + 2 Tbsp unsifted flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

3 Tbsp cold water (the colder the better)

Stir the flour and salt together in a mixing bowl.

Beat oil and water together with a fork until emulsified.

Stir water & oil mixture into flour and form it into a ball.

Then simply roll out between two sheets of wax paper, place in your pie pan and trim the edges. Fill and bake as you would any pie crust.

That’s it!! Quick and easy and surprisingly good. Double for two crusts. Put anything you want inside the pie.

Random Penguin is fond of apple cranberry.

RP apple pieHe’s also smart enough to realize that pie goes better with coffee in a favorite mug. Note that the whipped cream went in the coffee instead of on the pie, because as much as Random Penguin and I like pie, there is nothing in the world like a perfect cup of coffee.

RP pie with coffeeWhat’s your favorite quick and easy recipe?

7 Replies to “Penguin Pie”

  1. This sounds so good!! I’ve heard of making pie crust with oil (there was a whole write-up in the Boston Globe about it once), but I’ve never tried it. This sounds awesome, though, so I’ll have to give it a go!

    Also? I now want pie. Like, right now.

  2. Well, other than the cereal (which Amy beat me to), I’d have to say anything somebody else is willing to make for me. Can’t get much easier than that. 😉

  3. Oh hello, dairy free pie crust… nice to meetcha.

    My favorite quick and easy recipe is hot pasta, marinated artichoke hearts, and feta cheese stirred with a cup of the pasta water. The feta melts into this wonderful sauce. Add pepper, eat.

  4. Ooh…

    My favorite quick and easy recipe is similar to Amy and Linda’s – only mine involves a telephone and “Hello, Thai Hut? I’d like an order to go…”

    But if it’s ME making it, my favorite “quick and easy” is a flatbread recipe my son invented. We use home-shaved mozzarella and tomatoes, and if we’re going “fast” we don’t marinate the tomatoes in balsamic, we just brush balsamic straight on the flatbread before we put the tomato, mozzarella, basil and pepperoni on.

    Yeah, “cheater pizza” for the win.

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