Basic crumb crust
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- When making a no-bake pie, the easiest pie crust you can make is a crumb crust. For variation, try substituting chocolate-cookie wafers, crushed-sugar ice-cream cones, gingersnap cookies or lemon-drop cookies for the graham crackers. You can also add about 1/3 cup sweetened, flaked coconut or ground nuts to the crumb mixture.
- 1 1/3 cup graham-cracker crumbs
- 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Combine the crumbs, butter, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl and mix until crumbs are moistened and begin to stick together. Pour the mixture into the pie plate and, using your fingers, press the mixture up the sides and across the bottom of the pan. If the mixture sticks to your fingers, moisten them with water.
Bake the crust at 350 degrees until crisp, about 5-8 minutes. Cool completely before filling.
Per 1/8 of crust: 154 cal.; 1 g pro.; 17 g carb.; 9 g fat (5 sat., 3 monounsat., 1 polyunsat.); 19 mg chol.; 158 mg sod.; 0 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 53 percent calories from fat.