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Sunday, October 28, 2012

mangia mondays 86: pie crust

hi there!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with my very favorite lisa,
lisa from shine your light.

this week i'm sharing
pie crust

{for 2, 9" single crust pies or 1, 9" double crust}
11.75 oz pastry flour
8.25 oz shortening
3 oz water
.25 oz salt

1. combine water & salt. set aside in freezer until it gets icy/slushy.

2. in a large casserole dish, combine flour & shortening with a bowl scraper until it resembles a coarse cornmeal in texture. the color of the flour will turn from white to tan-ish.
**do NOT use your hands/fingers! this will melt the shortening!**

3. once the water is icy, give it a stir to incorporate all of the salt. start by adding half of the water to the flour/shortening mixture & mixing the pie dough by hand. you can always add more, but you can't take it out!  be careful not to overmix as you don't want too much gluten development.
{this is what makes for a flaky pie crust!}

 4. chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

5. divide in half & roll out to about 1/8"-1/4" thick. lay in the bottom of your ungreased pie tin. 

6. if making a single-crust pie, trim excess dough from sides, tuck edges under themselves {but not under the lip of the tin!}, & crimp. pre-bake if making a cream pie, or follow normal baking guidelines for baked pies!
 if making a double-crust pie, fill after putting down the first layer, then top with a vented second crust. trim edges of extra dough, tuck edges under themselves & crimp.

i've always been intimidated by pie crust...
but it's seriously SO simple
& it makes such a difference!


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5 comments:

  1. Beautiful looking pie. Your crust looks amazing. Thanks for the party and hopefully you are not like me waiting for Hurricane Sandy to hit.

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  2. Good morning and thanks for hosting!

    Bread machine? Fuggedaboudit! Here's the low-down on making bread machine recipes by hand:

    http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2012/10/simple-conversion-how-to-make-bread-machine-recipes-by-hand/

    And in celebration of Pumpkin Week, I'm sharing a pumpkin coconut cake: so moist, so delicious!

    http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2012/10/yummy-recipe-swap-pumpkin-cake-with-coconut/

    Have a great week!

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  3. Thank you so much for hosting, Kristin! Wonderful looking pie :)

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  4. thanks for hosting. I'm in charge of pies for Thanksgiving this year:)

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  5. Oh I could SO use this knowledge...especially with the big holidays around the corner!! Hope mommyhood is going well! xo

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