Makes 1 piecrust, or 8 servings


1 cup plus 2 tablespoons graham cracker crumbs

1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/4 teaspoons ground clove

1/8 teaspoon finely ground black pepper

6 tablespoons butter, melted


1. Whisk together the graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, clove, and black pepper in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and 2 teaspoons water and blend with a fork or your fingers until the mixture holds together when squeezed.

2. Press the crumb crust in an even layer across the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie pan.

3. Chill the crust for at least 15 minutes before filling.

Per serving: 147 calories, 1 gram protein, 14 grams carbohydrates, 8 grams sugar, 10 grams fat, 23 milligrams cholesterol, 134 milligrams sodium, 1 gram dietary fiber.