November 20, 2008

Secrets to Making Pie Crust

I've always hated making pie crust. Cutting the shortening and flour is seemingly impossible for me. For many years I bought frozen crusts, which were often broken and always not very good-tasting, or the rolled pie crust which is very expensive.

Awhile ago I learned how to make pie crust in my food processor. So easy! Just add the ingredients and whir till it forms a ball, then stick it in the refrigerator for awhile to chill back down, and roll it out. I use a floured dishtowel (not terrycloth) on the counter and roll the dough out on top of it; it's so much easier to get the crust into the pie pan this way.

The secret to making pie crust - which you will read everywhere - is to handle it as little as possible and keep it cold. My two additional secrets: use the food processor, and roll it out on a floured dishtowel.

You can use any pie crust recipe in your food processor. My processor is small so I use a one-crust recipe:

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup shortening
4-5 Tbsp ice cold water

Whir till it forms a ball, adding the water 1 Tbsp at a time. Chill for at least 15 minutes before rolling it out.

Enjoy your pie!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you'll leave a comment - I would love to hear from you. If you wish to email me instead, please click here. Thank you!

Please note that anonymous comments are usually deleted unread because of the high amount of spam. Instead of commenting anonymously, consider choosing the NAME/URL option - just fill in your name, leaving a URL is optional.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...