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Here is a no fail recipe for this type of a crust for a pie (pie dish), or for bars or squares (square or oblong baking dish).
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You can, of course buy ready-made graham crumb pie crusts, but home-made graham crumb crusts taste so much better!
If you already have the crackers in "crumb" form, you are ready to begin. If not, you need to first process the crackers to make them into crumbs.
One method to do this is to place the crackers in a plastic bag, and then use a rolling pin to crush them.
The easiest method is to crush the graham crackers in a blender or a food processor.
Here is the best recipe for graham cracker pie crust to use for pies, bars or squares that require a crumb crust or base.
This (single) recipe for graham cracker pie crust fits into an 8" or a 9" square baking dish, or a regular size pie dish.
Tips for baking a graham crumb crust:
If you are making a graham crumb crust for a deep pie dish, I suggest you make 1 1/2 times this recipe, otherwise the crumb crust will be too thin.
If you are making a graham crumb crust for a 9" x 13" oblong baking dish or pan, I also suggest you double this recipe, or else the crust will be too thin to support the topping.
**It is important than the butter is warmed on "low" heat, and only until it is just melted, not over-heated or bubbling.
When pressing the graham crumb mixture into the pie dish or baking dish, do not press it down too hard, just enough to get the crumbs into shape. This will help to avoid the crust from becoming too hard.
Also, do not overbake the crust, or else it will become too hard.
I find that "name" brand graham crackers or cracker crumbs and non "name" brands of crumbs work equally well.
1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup **melted butter or margarine (heat just until melted)
Combine the graham cracker crumbs and the sugar in a medium size bowl.
Add the melted butter or margarine, and gently mix with a fork, until the melted butter is combined with the crumbs and the sugar.
Transfer the crumb mixture into the pie or baking dish and gently press the crumb mixture into the bottom and sides of the dish (or the bottom of a square or oblong baking dish.)
Bake the crumb crust at 375° F for about 8 - 10 minutes, then cool. Do not over-bake.
Note - if making 1 1/2 of the crumb crust recipe for a deep dish pie, the crumb crust will need to bake for about 12 - 14 minutes.
If making a double batch of the crumb crust for an oblong 9" x 13" baking dish, adjust the baking time accordingly (I suggest about 10 - 12 min).
Allow the crust to cool before adding the filling, unless the recipe instructs otherwise.
The SCRUMPTIOUSLY SCRUMPTIOUS Cherry Cheesecake (pictures shown below) was made using the crumb crust recipe on this page (a double recipe).
*If you are interested in the recipe for the above pictured No-Bake, Easy, "Light" Cheesecake go here.
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