Friday, November 22, 2013

Homemade Pie Crust

Hello friends, we are a week away from Thanksgiving.  Now you could be having a family thing at your house or maybe you will go to someone else's house.  Either way you can impress your friends and family with this quick and easy pie crust recipe.  I used to be so overwhelmed with the thought of making pie crust by hand and I always resorted to store bought.  However with the rising cost of everything everywhere, it really doesn't hurt to try this on your own.  Pie crust is very forgiving if you keep your butter and water ice cold.  You will save your money at the grocery store and you can throw in fun add ins to where its not just a pie crust but your very own pie crust.  The picture above is with home made pie crust and all I did was roll out the pie crust as normal.  Then sprinkle brown sugar and cinnamon over the top.  Roll the dough into a roll and make small cuts going across and just press them to your pie pan.  You can keep with the basic recipe if this is your first pie crust.   


2 cups of flour
2 tablespoons of sugar ( use salt if making a savory pie)
1 1/2 sticks of butter chilled in the freezer
approx. 5 tablespoons of ice cold water 


Before you begin, get a cup of water and throw about 5 ice cubes in the cup.  Now grab a medium sized mixing bowl and a pastry blender.  Its one of those handheld things that looks like a cheese slicer on the bottom.  Now add in the flour and sugar.  Mix together with your pastry blender, and add in the butter.  Blend the butter, flour and sugar together until the mixture looks like little peas (of course it wont be green).  Now add the ice water but only do it a spoonful at a time. Blend the water in and add more until the flour forms a ball.  Now all you need to do is incorporate any loose flour into the ball and you can use your hands for this.  I almost forgot if you do not have a pastry blender just use a fork.  After all your flour is worked into the crust.  You should probably give your dough a rest.  If you are going to be using it that day, go ahead and put this in your fridge for about 20-30 minutes and then roll it out.  If you want to just make up a bunch of these, which is what I do, just wrap it up in plastic wrap, and put it in the freezer.  

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!


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