Some people shy away from making pie crusts. Here is a recipe to banish all fear, a simple dough of butter and all-purpose flour, easy to make and dependable as can be. If you plan to make a pie with a top crust, double the recipe; when it's time to chill the dough, divide it in half and shape into two disks to put in the fridge. The dough will also keep for 3 months in the freezer, if you want to stash a few disks there. Defrost in the fridge overnight.
Provided by Melissa Clark
Categories pies and tarts, dessert
Yield One 9-inch single pie crust
Number Of Ingredients 4
- In a food processor, pulse together the flour and salt. Add butter and pulse until the mixture forms lima bean-size pieces. Slowly add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse until the dough just comes together. It should be moist, but not wet.
- Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gather into a ball. Flatten into a disk with the heel of your hand. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
EASY PIE CRUST
Prep now and enjoy wonderful pies all season. Make the crust and topping in advance and keep them in the freezer for up to three months, then defrost fully before using.
Provided by Martha Stewart
Yield Makes 2
Number Of Ingredients 4
- To make the dough for the pie crust, mix 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon each salt and sugar in a medium-size bowl. Cut 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter into pieces. With a pastry blender, cut in butter, working until mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Add 4 tablespoons ice water; work with hands until dough comes together. If dough is still crumbly, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time (up to 4 more tablespoons). Do not overwork.
- Divide dough in half, and flatten halves into disks. Wrap disks separately in plastic; refrigerate at least 1 hour.
- To form the pie shell, roll the dough on a floured surface into a 14-inch round. Wrap around rolling pin and carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate.
- Fit gently into bottom and side of plate. Use kitchen shears to trim dough to a 1-inch overhang; fold under, and seal to form a rim.
- Crimp rim with fingertips and knuckle. Repeat with remaining dough; wrap each with plastic, stack, and freeze.
BEST EVER PIE CRUST
- In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in water until mixture forms a ball. Divide dough in half, and shape into balls. Wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.
- Roll out dough on a floured counter. Don't over work it. Use as directed in pie recipe.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 170.1 calories, Carbohydrate 11.9 g, Fat 13 g, Fiber 0.4 g, Protein 1.6 g, SaturatedFat 3.2 g, Sodium 145.9 mg
BASIC FOOD PROCESSOR PIE CRUST
- Insert metal blade into your food processor.
- Add flour, butter and salt and process until mixture is like coarse meal; it takes about 8 to 10 seconds.
- Add ice water and pulse, not process, until dough begins to clump together; don't let it form a ball.
- Remove dough from processor and place in a freezer-size plastic storage zippie bag.
- Work through the bag to press dough together into a ball; then press into a flat disc.
- Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
- When you need it, roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
- Makes enough dough for a single 9 or 10-inch pie shell.
- Note that this is the recipe provided by Cuisinart; I am not quite as fussy and it always works for me; the key is the ice-cold butter, the ice-cold water, and not letting it process too long.
Nutrition Facts : Calories 1496.3, Fat 93.9, SaturatedFat 58.6, Cholesterol 244, Sodium 1180.2, Carbohydrate 143.2, Fiber 5.1, Sugar 0.6, Protein 20.3
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What is the recipe for a pie crust?Directions. 1. To make the dough for the pie crust, mix 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon each salt and sugar in a medium-size bowl. Cut 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter into pieces. With a pastry blender, cut in butter, working until mixture resembles coarse...
How do you make pie dough in a food processor?Pulse all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, kosher salt, and cold unsalted butter in a food processor until mixture resembles coarse wet sand, about 15 pulses. With processor running, slowly drizzle in cold water, processing until a dough forms, about 15 seconds. For a double-crust pie, divide dough in half and shape into 2 disks.
How much flour is needed to make a pie crust?To make the dough for the pie crust, mix 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour and 1 teaspoon each salt and sugar in a medium-size bowl. Cut 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter into pieces.
Can you make a pie with butter and all-purpose flour?Here is a recipe to banish all fear, a simple dough of butter and all-purpose flour, easy to make and dependable as can be. If you plan to make a pie with a top crust, double the recipe; when it's time to chill the dough, divide it in half and shape into two disks to put in the fridge.