Impossible pies were invented in the 1970s by home economists at General Mills. These easy pies are made by combining a baking mix with other pie ingredients, then baking in a standard pie pan. There really isn't a 'crust' that forms during baking; the mixture holds together like a pie and is sliced and served like a pie. You can make your own baking mix to control the sodium content instead of buying a commercial product.
Since these pies are like a quick bread, it's important to follow the directions carefully, measure carefully, and mix the batter just until ingredients are combined. Always measure flour and the baking mix carefully. Spoon the flour (and the baking mix) into a measuring cup and level off the top with the back of a knife. Too much flour and over mixing will result in a tough pie.
Once you have learned the basic proportion of ingredients, you can experiment and make your own 'improbable pie'. And when you do, make sure that you write it down so you can make it again. And again!
- Crazy Crust Pizza
I remember my mom making a version of this "pizza" back in the 1970s. It's a really good recipe, with a nice mild flavor. The crust is crisp on the bottom and tender on the inside. You can use other toppings in addition to the ground beef. Think about adding some pepperoni on top and more cheese. You'll love it!
- Impossible Salmon Pie
This pie is mild, too, with a nice flavor. It's an old-fashioned recipe everyone will like. You can make it with canned tuna too.
- Impossible Breakfast Pie
Try this pie for a nice change of pace for breakfast or brunch. It's easy to make and everyone, even kids, will like it.
- Impossible Pumpkin Pie
This is a good pie to make for the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. You get a pumpkin pie without the fuss of dealing with a pie crust!