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On the merits of homemade pie crust vs. store bought (fruit and pudding pie recipe)

In short, the homemade one rules. Here’s an easy one:


  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups cinnamon graham crackers, crushed up finely
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Directions: Combine all ingredients and press into a 9-inch pie pan (protip: spray with Pam first). Bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

I used this recipe for a fruit and pudding pie I made for my mother yesterday. Unfortunately, because I was using a longer rectangular cake pan, I felt like the crust was a wee bit on the thin side. For a job like that I’d probably double the recipe for more cinnamon goodness on the next attempt. My husband disagrees; he thinks it was the perfect amount. Agree to disagree.

For the pudding aspect, you have to make sure that the crust is fully cooled. Then, combine a family sized vanilla instant pudding mix with 2.5 cups of  milk and whisk until blended. Again, if you’re using the 9 inch round pie pan, this is just the right amount. If it’s larger (like mine was) consider adding an extra small box of pudding mix with 1.5 cups of milk. Once the pudding powder is whisked well with the milk, pour into pan and let set in the fridge for about an hour.

I had a fresh, very sweet pineapple and strawberries, so I sliced those bad boys up, layered them on the pudding, and topped with whipped topping (try folding in a small vanilla pudding packet into the whipped topping for a little extra flavor). Maraschino cherries added a nice color contrast also to the finished product. And if possible, store in the refrigerator overnight or for a few hours for maximum flavor. Try other fruit combinations like drained sliced canned peaches (bananas, heck even kiwi could possibly work). If it’s in season, why not, right?

I didn’t get a picture of the final product, but it was very tasty, and perfect for a warm weather treat. The overall consensus was the crust made the difference.

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