Friday, May 5, 2017

Old Fashioned Pantry Pie Crust Mix (No Butter, Eggs or Milk) ~ A Patty-Pan Printable Recipe Kit


"I am baking it in a pie-dish— a pie-dish with a pink rim.
You never tasted anything so good!"


Welcome to another edition of Fun Friday with Beatrix Potter featuring The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan! Today I wanted to share an old fashioned recipe from dear Ribby! It is an oil crust pastry which is made from ingredients found exclusively in the pantry. I believe she got it from her great-grandmother who used this easy, frugal recipe during the Depression Era. 


"But she thought a great deal about Ribby's pie,
and she read Ribby's letter over and over again."

Dear Ribby liked to make things convenient and places a few jars of make-ahead crust mixes in her pantry. She noticed that if half of the work was done (and it only took minutes!), it made the pie-making process so very simple and she was apt to make more of them for her loved ones! You can fill them up with so many different foods and you have an instant feast when served inside a pastry shell! For meal making inspiration, there is the classic chicken pot pies and quiches. For desserts, the sky is the limit with peaches, apples, pumpkins, you name it!
It is especially easy with Ribby's printable recipe kit which includes the directions, jar labels and instruction labels. This is such a fun way to fill your pantry shelves! She told me she enjoys preparing these little projects. What an industrious feline after my own heart!


"She peeped again into the bottom oven,
the pie had become a lovely brown,
and it was steaming hot."

To Make the Mix:

Place inside a pint-sized jar the following ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour *
  • 1 dash of salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar (reduce the sugar by half when serving a savory dish)

Place lid firmly back on jar and give it a good shake for a final blend. The mix is now complete. Simply label and attach the following directions to the mix. In order to be an ink saver, when the mix is used up, simply wipe out the jar with a clean towel and place it back in the pantry until ready to refill again (so as not to disturb the labels).

* We have made this with a gluten-free flour blend but the dough is harder to handle and breaks easy. I end up pressing it directly into the pie plate once it is somewhat rolled out.


"When she came back, she peeped into the bottom oven;
the pie looked very comfortable."


"Such lovely pie-crust; and I put in a little tin patty-pan to hold up the crust;
and I made a hole in the middle with a fork to let out the steam..."

To Make the Pie:

1. Place the dry ingredients (or the mix-in-a-jar) in a mixing bowl and stir (Ribby prefers using a wooden spoon).

2. Add 1/2 c. oil. Mix again with the spoon until it looks almost mixed in (like fig. 2 above).

3. Add 1/4 c. water and knead until just blended in (Ribby uses her paws hands). Shape dough into disc. 

4. Roll out your dough into a circle shape by placing the disc between two sheets of plastic wrap.

5. Remove top plastic sheet, invert the dough into the pie pan (as pictured) and fit the crust snugly inside. Remove other top piece of plastic wrap and crimp your edges. Your pie is ready to fill!


This recipe works well with "baked and filled" pies such as apple, peach and pumpkin. If making it for cream pies or fresh fruit pies, since the dough is softer, it will puff up in the bottom if baking unfilled. However, you can remedy that somewhat by poking holes in the bottom of the crust with a fork prior to baking it and also by filling the shell with pie weights during the baking process.

Final Notes:

This recipe is for one crust.

To make a double crusted pie mix -- double the ingredients and place them in a quart jar.

Depending on the sugar amount you use in the mix, you may wish to write down either "savory" or "sweet" on the lid.

You will find the Patty-Pan Printable Recipe Kit HERE.


Thank you for taking the time to visit! Other posts shared thus far in the "patty-pan" spring series include a printable coloring bookprintable gift tags, printable recipe sheets and quaint cottage homemaking musings and music. Have a lovely weekend!
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16 comments:

  1. This is so funny! Today is one of our daughters birthday and she has requested a meat pie for her birthday supper!!
    I have planned to use an oil crust as well!!
    Blessings
    Mrs.O

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    1. A meat pie sounds good! Do you have a favorite recipe?

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    2. Ohh..we use whatever meat is on sale. Potatoes! Onion and any veggies we can get;) There have been many times we only use potatoes with any spices I have on hand.
      I pre cook everything, place in my oil crust and bake for 45 mins. Or so!
      We usually have gravy over made from meat drippings and flour to thicken.
      Blessings
      Mrs.O

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    3. Sounds delicious and adaptable -- thanks for sharing!

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  2. OH! I love this idea! Wouldn't this make a fun gift?? A few jars of the mix, a pie plate or mini-tins, rolling pin, cloth for rolling dough . . . add a few pie recipes . . . pinning this!

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    1. I LOVE that idea for a gift! We also share some pretty recipe cards on this blog that would be nice to place the recipes on! :)

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  3. Thank you for sharing another Depression Era recipe! I want to give this a try. I usually like lard crusts but am finding "real" rendered lard is hard to come by. And, "real" rendered lard isn't shelf stable so I like this idea of an oil crust. Thanks again! Mary S.

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    1. I hope you like it Mary! It was my grandmother's recipe! And I love that it is shelf stable too :)

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  4. As always Jess, this is a lovely post. You make homemaking so very much more delightful with your lovely words and pictures. I'm not so clever in the cooking department, usually just staying with rather basic recipes. The reason being is that my pantry just has the essentials, nothing very fancy and then we eat mainly from our own garden. Thank you for sharing this simple pie crust recipe. I feel this is one I will be using often. Blessings Gail.
    Ps love your pretty labels as well.

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    1. Hi Gail, I too cook very basically... and LOTS from our year-round garden! I hope you like the recipe. It is so simple that I can whip a crust together in minutes with little mess. And I am glad you like the labels. I think it makes homemaking funner! :) Have a lovely weekend!

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  5. Dear Jess,when my day gets crazy or I just need a reason to smile,I visit your page.I just love it.You are amazing. HAVE A BLESSED DAY.

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    1. What a kind and encouraging comment! Thank you! :)

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  6. I so enjoy your blog! Is this recipe for a 1 crust pie or 2? Thanks!

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    1. THANK YOU! Oops, great question! It is for 1 crust. I will add that into the post! :)

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  7. JES, what a delightful post! I'm a huge Beatrix Potter fan, so this post made me smile. Looking forward to reading your previous post tomorrow!

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  8. This is really cute how you wrote the article. I don't usually make many pies except on holidays occasionally. I truly enjoyed reading your article. Congratulations on being featured on Homestead blog hop!

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