Monday, August 03, 2009

Easy Peasy Pie Crust

A friend recently confessed how intimidating she finds homemade pie crust. She only uses frozen crust from the grocery store. I sent her my Mom's recipe, but I thought photos would be the only real proof of how simple this is (with the right tools!) It takes less than ten minutes and it's infinitely better than anything from the grocery store.

Put 2 1/2 cups flour in your Cuisinart . Cut two sticks of butter into small pieces as above.

Add a bit of sugar and salt if you like.

Then add the butter.

Pulse until the mixture looks like damp sand. Then add 1/4 cup ice water.

Combine until the dough forms a ball. Avoid handling the dough- the heat in your hands will break down the butter and this leads to tough dough. We are aiming for light and flaky dough.

Quickly shape the dough into a round disc and wrap in plastic.

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling out for a pie or tart. It also keeps well in the freezer, but be sure to wrap it well to keep it from drying out. Or roll it out and line pie pans to make your own ready made pie shells. They are WAY better than Betty Crocker's. Happy Baking!

1 comment:

mintagehome said...

I love this technique. Very Martha. For the past couple of years, some of my friends and I get together and make pies before Thanksgiving. People are so afraid of the crust. It's fun to teach them it's not so scary.

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