9:19 AM How’s your Thanksgiving preparation going? Don’t panic. Everything will be fine!
That’s why I am treating you with easy Thanksgiving basics this year – something everyone can make and all your guests will be impressed to the max. I am falling in love with the idea to keep things simple… why always being over the top and stressing ourselves out? Not this year. 

I am actually not a big pie fan, due to the fact that my country is all about cakes… I never made a pie, but I also didn’t know much about them. During my research, I learned a lot and I actually think I could be a friend of them very soon.   Yeah, I should start baking pies…  you, too, if you were sleeping, too! 
I checked many recipes, but I think with these basic recipes below, you can definitely win the dessert party at every Thanksgiving dinner. 

The best part is that you can prepare the doughs right now, so until Thanksgiving, you have less stress. Freeze the pie crusts and get them out of the freezer whenever you need them! Easy.



THE ACTUAL ONLY PIE CRUST RECIPE YOU NEED

YOU NEED 2 1/2 Cups all-purpose flour + 1 teaspoon salt + 1 teaspoon sugar + 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter, cut into pieces


1. To make the dough for the pie crust, mix 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon each salt and sugar in a medium-size bowl. Cut 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter into pieces. With a pastry blender, cut in butter, working until mixture resembles coarse meal.
2. Add 4 tablespoons ice water; work with hands until dough comes together. If dough is still crumbly, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time (up to 4 more tablespoons). Do not overwork.
3. Divide dough in half, and flatten halves into disks. Wrap disks separately in plastic; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
4. To form the pie shell, roll the dough on a floured surface into a 14-inch round. Wrap around rolling pin and carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate.
5. Fit gently into bottom and side of plate. Use kitchen shears to trim dough to a 1-inch overhang; fold under, and seal to form a rim.
6. Crimp rim with fingertips and knuckle. Repeat with remaining dough; wrap each with plastic, stack, and freeze.


Let’s spice things up. 


CHOCOLATE LOVER PIE CRUST

YOU NEED 2 Cups all-purpose flour + 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder + 3 tablespoons granulated sugar + 6 ounces unsalted butter, cold and cut into small cubes + 1/3 cup brewed coffee, cold


1. Combine flour, cocoa powder, and sugar in a large bowl; whisk to incorporate.
2. Add the butter, then using your fingertips or a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse meal.
3. Slowly add the cold coffee in thirds, stirring with a wooden spoon after each addition. Continue stirring until a soft dough has formed.
4. Gather with your hands and knead slightly, then mold into a circular disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes (or up to two days).
5. Remove dough from refrigerator and let rest for 5 minutes. Roll out on a floured surface and transfer to 9-inch deep-dish pie pan. Trim crust overhang, then fold and crimp the edges. Return to refrigerator for 20 minutes before filling and/or baking.



…UMM, DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING GLUTEN-FREE? 

YOU NEED 1 Cup gluten-free all-purpose flour + 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt + 1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces + 1 large egg + 2 to 4 tablespoons ice water

1. In a food processor, pulse flour and salt until combined. Add butter and pulse until mixture resembles fine meal, with no large pieces of butter remaining. Add egg and 2 tablespoons ice water, then pulse until well combined and dough holds together when squeezed, 1 minute. If necessary, add up to 2 tablespoons more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.


Okay, this might sound too simple for you. Don’t worry. When it comes to pies, the crust is essential, but consider the fillings…here, the wonderland is open ended and you can choose whatever you desire. Chocolate on chocolate, coconut on chocolate, a traditional pumpkin or apple pie, how about lemon, or passionfruit or persimmon? Christmas flavor… a looooot of cinnamon. Use nuts, coconut flakes, chocolate chips, peanut butter, or whatever you fancy. The world is yours! 

To go super extra, you can also create a special pie design. 
Since I am lazy, I would go super simple. There are people out there who know crazy techniques to create chess motives or they craft roses and floral arrangements. Yeah, okay. 
Below you can see some easy tricks to pimp your pie! Cut out some stars and layer them on the cake. Or go a little wild with some polka dots… keep a simple braid on the outside…or cut out some letters and write sweet messages for your guests. 

Just don’t spend too many hours in the kitchen… your pie will be good enough, because all that matters is the flavor! 

You can do this! 
Happy pie eating! 

*the recipes are via.