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Pie Shell Discovery

Finally. After months of searching (ok, casually looking around when I happen on a new store), I’ve finally found pre-made pie shells. The winning store? Jumbo, which is selling this Tante Fanny brand.

Well I couldn’t let a discovery like this go to waste. I bought two shells and brought them home for an experimental pie.

I know, I know, many of you are saying “Why not just make one from scratch?” “Pie crust is easy.” “You just need a good recipe.” All true, but the honest truth is I’m too lazy to make my own pie crust as often as I’d like to make pies. It’s a finicky little pastry recipe and until recently I’ve had very little luck with internet recipes. A friend on Facebook apparently took offense to my pre-made pie shells and provided me with a scratch recipe, so maybe the next pie will use that. But in the mean time I was very pleased with Tante Fanny’s offering.

My experimental pie was, of course, an American style apple pie. Super easy to make and always tasty. The purchased crust was refrigerated (not frozen) until I was ready to use it and actually tastes quite sweet on its own. After preparing the filling, I opened the package and found the crust rolled up with a piece of waxed paper to keep it from sticking to itself. It was very easy to work with.

Unlike the pastry shells I’m familiar with, this one was rectangular rather than circular and didn’t quite fit my 9-inch pie pan. Fortunately it is also very long, so I patched up the short edges and had plenty over hand to cut off and make a nice edge. I never get a nice edge when I roll my own.

I used the left over pastry (if which there was a lot) to make pie crust chips with a little sugar and cinnamon.

I baked the pie up in the oven and it came out delicious, although maybe a little flat. I could have used more apples I think. The crust was tender, although not flaky, and complemented the pie well. Dan & I had the pie for dessert and agree that while it wasn’t the best pie we’d ever tasted, it certainly tasted right and the crust behaved the way it should. Lekker.

7 Responses to “Pie Shell Discovery”

  1. Judy says:

    LOL, I was sure you were going to say that vegetable shortening is impossible to find. It really is rather difficult to track down…

  2. Amanda says:

    Good point. I’ll add that too my list of excuses. ;)

  3. Steve says:

    Looks great. If you fancy trying a different make, we pick our sup in carrefour in Liege.

  4. Dave Hampton says:

    I have been looking for pie shells since Thanksgiving: I brought back pumpkin filling but couldn’t find prepared shells. The closest was the sponge cake that they use for tarts. This is great: I’ve got to remember to text you when I hit a dead end shopping…

  5. Amanda says:

    I hope these Jumbo shells work out for you then. Maybe I should do another article about different baking things available some time, NL vs. US. Lots of mixes here.

  6. Found you through a link on another expat’s blog. Man, where were those pie crusts back when I actually ate pie?! I am on a low carb diet and found out I have wheat intolerance but for years I struggled through wonky homemade pie crusts because I could ever find pre made ones here. BAH! haha Your pie looks delicious!

  7. Amanda says:

    I almost think these shells are brand new because I know I looked for them when I first moved to Maastricht. Granted, there are lots of things I’ve missed on my first pass around here. Sorry to hear about the wheat intolerance, that definately puts a damper on pie.