Monday, October 10, 2011

October 10, 2011: Pie Crust Recipe

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Over the weekend I made a couple of different pies and of course I made the pie crusts for them from scratch. I’ve used several different recipes for crusts but found this one to be the best for support heavy fillings. It’s a bit denser than you might expect but it is easy to roll out and doesn’t tend to break apart so it’s a good recipe for the beginner pie maker.

Pie Crust

3 cups flour
1 t. salt
8 ounces butter flavored Crisco (half stick)
1 egg
1 T. sugar
1 t. vodka
Cold water

Combine flour and salt. Add shortening and cut into flour mixture with a pastry blender or two knives, uncles mixture resembles coarse meal. The smaller the particles of shortening, the more tender your crust.

Combine egg, sugar, vinegar and enough cold water to make one cup of liquid. Pour over flour mixture. Mix with a fork just until combined. You may have to add more water to get the mixture to hold together; it will still be somewhat crumbly, however.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Turn a pie plate upside down over dough and trim edges to one inch larger than the rim of the pie plate. Fold dough in half and gently ease it into the pie plate. Use your fingers to crimp the edges.

Tip: If your recipe calls for blind baking, place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the crust. Add baking weights or dried beans and bake at 425 degrees for about 10 – 15 minutes. The parchment paper makes it easy to remove the weights when you take the crust out of the oven.

Makes enough for two 9” pie crusts.

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