Since this is October and a time for all things scary, I thought I would address a fear that a great number of cooks have to deal with periodically throughout their cooking careers. PIE CRUST!! There I said it. Do you break out in a cold sweat when you are ask to make a pie for Thanksgiving? Do you look through hundreds of recipes trying to find the ONE that will work and not leave you apologizing after the dinner? Well - you have come to the right place.
This crust is so very forgiving and bakes up nicely. It is not a flaky texture but more of a tender crispy kind you get at the store bakery. The dough holds together well. You even make it in a mixer bowl so you don't need special tools to cut in the ingredients. It tastes great every time and will not disappoint you OR scare you! Here it is, you can thank me later!
No Fear Pie Crust
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup margarine
2/3 cup Crisco (or high quality vegetable shortening)
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon dry milk powder (nonfat)
3 cups pastry flour
1/2 cup ice water
Begin by making sure the butter, margarine, and shortening are at room temperature. (I usually put mine in the microwave for a few seconds on defrost but you have to be very careful not to liquify them!). Add these all to a mixer bowl and cream using the paddle attachment. When they are light and creamy, add the sugar, baking powder, salt, and dry milk powder. Mix together then add 1 1/2 cups of flour and mix until all flour is incorporated.
Then add the water (I add ice to the water and mix it then pour off the needed amount into another measuring cup) and the remaining
1 1/2 cups flour and mix until blended.
Remove dough from the mixer bowl to a large piece of plastic wrap and completely cover with wrap.
Chill in fridge until it is firm and cold throughout. (I usually put it in for an hour or a half hour in the freezer). Turn out on a floured counter and roll out until it is about 1/8th inch.
(I make it about the same thickness as the side of my pancake turner).
This dough is a dream to work with and you can roll out the scraps again and it will still be great!
Cut to desired size and use directions from filling recipe for time and temperature. This makes one 9-inch two crust pie. See my Chicken Pot Pie Recipe for time and temperature guidelines for that size of pie. (Also see it for an amazing pot pie recipe!). (This will be my next post!)
So now you can go ahead and have a nice scary Halloween and not have to worry about having nightmares full of failed pie crusts!
I would love to hear your comments!
This recipe was adapted from The Lion House Cookbook
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