Fine-crumb Pie Shell Recipe - Traditional American Dessert

Fine-crumb Pie Shell

Fine-crumb Pie Shell Recipe - Traditional American Dessert
Region / culture: USA | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 10 minutes | Servings: 8-10


Fine-crumb Pie Shell
Fine-crumb Pie Shell

A fine-crumb pie shell is a versatile and easy-to-make base for a variety of sweet and savory pies. This recipe uses simple ingredients like fine cereal or zwieback crumbs, melted margarine, and water to create a delicious and crispy crust.


The fine-crumb pie shell has been a popular choice for pie crusts for many years. It offers a lighter and more delicate texture compared to traditional pie crusts made with flour. This recipe is a modern twist on the classic pie shell, using healthier ingredients like margarine and sugar replacements.


How to prepare

  1. Combine the crumbs with the melted margarine and water. Add spices and sugar replacement, if desired.
  2. Spread the dough evenly in an 8-10 inch pie pan, pressing firmly onto the sides and bottom.
  3. Either chill the mixture until set, or bake it at 325°F (163°C) for 8-10 minutes.


  • Try using different types of fine crumbs, such as graham crackers or vanilla wafers, for a unique flavor.
  • Experiment with adding different spices or sugar replacements to the crumb mixture for a customized crust.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to press the crumb mixture firmly onto the sides and bottom of the pie pan to ensure a sturdy crust.

- If you prefer a sweeter crust, add sugar replacement to the crumb mixture.

- For a more flavorful crust, add spices like cinnamon or nutmeg to the crumb mixture.

Serving Suggestions

This fine-crumb pie shell is perfect for filling with your favorite pie fillings, such as fruit, custard, or savory ingredients like quiche fillings.

Cooking Techniques

Press the crumb mixture firmly onto the sides and bottom of the pie pan for a sturdy crust.

- Chill the crust before filling to help it set and hold its shape.

Ingredient Substitutions

Substitute melted butter for margarine for a richer flavor.

- Use crushed cookies or crackers in place of fine cereal or zwieback crumbs for a different texture.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the fine-crumb pie shell ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use. This crust can also be frozen for longer storage.

Presentation Ideas

Serve your pie in the fine-crumb pie shell with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of powdered sugar for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Pair your pie with a scoop of ice cream or a cup of coffee for a delicious dessert.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store any leftover pie in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (177°C) for a few minutes to crisp up the crust before serving.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of this fine-crumb pie shell contains approximately 120 calories.


Each serving of this fine-crumb pie shell contains approximately 15 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of this fine-crumb pie shell contains approximately 8 grams of fats.


Each serving of this fine-crumb pie shell contains approximately 1 gram of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

This fine-crumb pie shell is not a significant source of vitamins and minerals.


This recipe may contain allergens such as gluten from the cereal or zwieback crumbs. Check the ingredients for any potential allergens before consuming.


This fine-crumb pie shell is a low-calorie and low-protein option for those looking for a lighter pie crust alternative.


This fine-crumb pie shell is a simple and delicious alternative to traditional pie crusts. With a crispy texture and easy preparation, it's the perfect base for all your favorite pie fillings.

How did I get this recipe?

. It was a chilly autumn evening, and I was browsing through an old cookbook that had been passed down to me from my own grandmother. As I flipped through the yellowed pages, my eyes landed on a recipe for a Fine-crumb Pie Shell.

The description of the pie shell intrigued me - a delicate, crumbly crust that would perfectly complement any sweet or savory filling. I was immediately drawn to the idea of mastering this recipe and adding it to my repertoire of culinary skills.

But before I could attempt to make the Fine-crumb Pie Shell, I needed to learn the technique from someone who had experience with it. Luckily, my neighbor Mrs. Jenkins was an expert baker and was more than happy to share her knowledge with me.

One sunny afternoon, I knocked on Mrs. Jenkins' door, armed with the recipe for the Fine-crumb Pie Shell and a notebook to jot down her tips and tricks. She welcomed me into her warm kitchen and we got straight to work.

Mrs. Jenkins explained that the key to a perfect Fine-crumb Pie Shell was to use finely ground graham crackers as the base. She showed me how to mix the crumbs with melted butter and sugar, and then press the mixture firmly into a pie dish to create a solid crust.

As we worked together, Mrs. Jenkins shared stories of how she had learned the recipe from her own grandmother many years ago. She spoke fondly of the countless pies she had baked using this shell, and the joy it had brought to her family and friends.

After the pie shell was baked to a golden perfection, Mrs. Jenkins taught me how to fill it with a luscious chocolate mousse. The combination of the rich, creamy filling and the delicate, crumbly crust was simply divine.

As we sat down to enjoy our creation, Mrs. Jenkins handed me a piece of paper with the recipe for the Fine-crumb Pie Shell written in her elegant script. She told me that it was now my turn to pass on this cherished recipe to future generations.

And so, I did just that. I made the Fine-crumb Pie Shell countless times over the years, experimenting with different fillings and variations. Each time I baked it, I felt a connection to Mrs. Jenkins and her grandmother, and the tradition of sharing delicious food and memories with loved ones.

Now, as I sit in my own kitchen, flipping through that same old cookbook and reminiscing about the day I learned to make the Fine-crumb Pie Shell, I can't help but feel grateful for the culinary journey that has brought me to this moment. And I know that as long as I continue to cook and share my recipes with others, the tradition will live on for generations to come.


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