Pie crust #1:
Tenderflake frozen pie crust.
Available in the freezer section of most grocery stores.
Pie crust #2:
Pie crust made from scratch.
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening, chilled
3 Tbsp ice water
- Whisk the flour and salt together in a medium size bowl. With a pastry blender cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together.
- Gently gather dough particles together into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
- Roll out dough, and put in a pie plate. Fill with desired filling and bake.
Frozen pie crust…
Home made pie crust…
…just fill and bake…
…roll out, shape and bake…
pie crust is small and not as deep – some food waste
pie crust is slighter bigger and deeper – no food waste
|side by side – empty||side by side – filled|
I found this to be the most interesting part of the experiment in that Tenderflake indicates that their pie crust is 9 inches in diameter but if you compare it against the 8 3/4 inch pie pan that I used, it definitely looks smaller. This is because it measures 9 inches in diameter from rim to rim whereas the pie pan I bought measures 8 3/4 from the lip of the pan but measures 9 1/4 inches from rim to rim. The pie pan I bought was also slightly deeper and was able to take all the filling that was prepared resulting in no food wastage. (Note: Tenderflake does carry a “Deep Dish” variety. I will make a point to choose that one next time).
1 can (540 mL) pumpkin pie filling
1/3 cup evapourated milk
1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
There was no contest with this one. The canned pumpkin was the clear winner from a texture, flavour and appearance standpoint. If you have a choice between using canned pumpkin or canned pumpkin pie filling, choose canned pumpkin and do the extra step of adding the additional ingredients – it’s definitely worth it!
One thought on “Food Lab: Pumpkin pie (frozen pie crust vs. from scratch & canned pumpkin pie filling vs. canned pumpkin)”
Very interesting! A very practical tip!