Idea for crunchy crust comes from Betty Crocker cookbook
For H.H., Allison Park, who asked for a pastry recipe for a certain pumpkin chiffon pie. From Nancy Hurley, Franklin Park, who says this crust is from the 1968 edition of "Betty Crocker's Pie and Pastry Cookbook." The book says, "Use your favorite kind of nuts to make this delightful crunch crust. It's especially good with an ice-cream filling as a contrasting texture."
Crunchy Nut Crust
- 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, softened, plus more for greasing pan
- 1 1/2 cups ground nuts
- 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
- Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Butter a 9-inch pie pan.
For R.F., Sewickley, who asked for a recipe for royal icing that doesn't use raw egg whites. From L.Y., Pine. Sherry Yard, the pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck, writes in her cookbook, "The Secrets of Baking," that royal icing is available in instant powdered form at specialty stores. The following recipe is from Rose Levy Beranbaum in her book "Rose's Christmas Cookies." Meringue powder is available at stores that carry cake-decorating and candy-making supplies.
- 3 tablespoons meringue powder
- 6 tablespoons warm water (3 fluid ounces)
- 4 cups (1 pound) confectioners' sugar (lightly spooned into the cup), more if needed
The icing keeps as long as three days in an airtight container at room temperature. Rebeat lightly.