I am not normally a fan of frozen pie crusts. This is not snobbery. I just haven't liked the taste or texture of storebought pie crusts. Sure, they bake up pretty, and they are flaky, but they usually taste anemic and bland to me. And a good pie crust just isn't that hard to make, especially if you have a food processor.
But a few weeks ago I picked up a frozen pie crust because a friend had requested pie for dinner that night, and I knew I wouldn't have time to make a crust. To my delight, these Trader Joe's frozen crusts baked up beautifully. They were deliciously tasty as well. They tasted like butter. In fact, when you unwrap the two discs of pastry in the package, you can see fat flecks of yellow butter all throughout.
But surely this crust was full of preservatives and artificial coloring? Nope. Not at all. The ingredients are simple: Enriched flour, butter, palm oil, water and salt. (Palm oil is very high in saturated fat, but it has zero trans fats.)
I love the taste of these pie crusts. They are thick (I liked a thicker, more toothsome crust) and they are easy to handle. They bake up into flaky, substantial crusts, with buttery taste and real heft.
Since it's high pie season right now, with all those cherries and blackberries and apricots falling from bushes and trees, I keep one or two of these pie crusts in the freezer for impromptu pie-making. Yes, it's not that hard to make a pie crust from scratch (and this sour cream crust is especially easy) but hey, sometimes I like to have a card up my sleeve, culinarily speaking.
Do you ever use the Trader Joe's pie crusts? Are you a fan?
(Images: Faith Durand)