Tuesday, November 26, 2013

EASY & FLAKY Pie Crust














Tips:
A friend told me she used her Bosch instead of a pastry cutter for the flour/shortening/butter mixture. OH MY GOSH! LOVE THIS! Used it today and made 6 crusts in less than 15 minutes. I love my pastry cutter. I'll save it for other recipes, but when I make pie crust, I make a ton so that I have them in the freezer for recipes to come. So, here's what you do: Simply put your shortening and/or butter in your mixer. Add your sifted (important) dry ingredients into the mixer. Using your whisk attachment, pulse the mixture briefly until you get the pea size chunks desired. Boom, you're done. Pour it into a bowl and add your wet ingredients, stir just until they're wet and you're all done. SUPER easy! You can get a lot of pie crust made doing it this way. I did a triple recipe and probably could have done a 4x recipe. It was so fast and easy!! Making my holiday pie making faster and easier. And into the freezer they go. Did you know cold pie crust is the best way to make pie? Your crust will be flakier & it's easier to work with and roll out. Good luck with all your pie making this Thanksgiving week!

3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks cold butter
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1 egg
5 tablespoons cold water
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
Combine the flour and salt in a large bowl. Add in the butter and shortening. Using a pastry cutter, gradually work the butter and shortening into the flour until the mixture resembles tiny pebbles. This step should take 3 or 4 minutes.

Lightly beat the egg with a fork, and then add it to the mixture. Next, add in the cold water and vinegar. Stir the mixture together until it's just combined, and then remove half the dough from the bowl. Yield: dough for 2 crusts. I usually make 3x or 4x batches at a time!

If making a regular recipe, divide the dough into 2 parts. Put each ball into a freezer bag and seal tightly. Press down on the dough, keeping it about 1 1/2 inches thick. Place in freezer. If using soon, keep the pie crust in the freezer for at least 30 min before using. Remove and roll out quickly and get it into the oven with your pie!

If you are making a large batch, divide the dough into  equal parts. A quadruple batch would make 8 crusts, a triple would make 6. Follow the same instructions as above. When ready to use, remove the crusts and place them on the counter for 20-30 min before you need them. DO NOT thaw in the microwave! Roll out as usual for any crust needs!

For rolling out, use a small amount of flour for dusting on each side. Roll out to desired thick/thin-ness. Tip, roll your dough up around your pin and then unroll onto your pie dish to avoid cracking or tearing when transferring!

Bake according to the instructions for your specific recipe: pot pie, pumpkin pie, apple pie... etc. If baking shell first for a chocolate or cream pie, bake at 375* for 15-20 min until golden brown. For any recipe, you may need to put foil around the edges to avoid over browning.

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