Thursday, October 28, 2010

Conquering The Pie Dough!

After years of baking, I finally made my first homemade pie dough.

I have been intimidated over this prospect for ages and have been buying the ready-made dough by Pillsbury and painting the crust with a wash of eggs and cream to increase the brownness and flavor, but last weekend I took a 2-day intensive baking workshop at Sur La Table and was amazed at how easy it was to make this crust. Not only that, but it’s super fun to make a lattice top and sprinkle finishing sugar over the fresh, uncooked dough.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Take this pie dough recipe and run with it and treat your guests to flaky dough that you just can’t buy in the grocery store! Here's a wonderful video to show you exactly how it's done.

I made individual apple pies with my crust, but I can’t wait to make a pumpkin pie this weekend.

What’s your all-time favorite pie?


Buttery, Flaky Pie Dough

INGREDIENTS:
1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup ice water
DIRECTIONS:

In a food processor, combine flour and salt. Cut in butter. Process for 10 seconds to blend ingredients. Pulse 6 to 10 times in 1-second bursts until mixture resembles coarse crumbs (looks like peas). Immediately transfer to large bowl and stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.


Roll dough out on lightly-floured surface to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Place crust in pie plate. Press the dough gently and evenly into the bottom and sides of the pie plate.

24 comments:

Dru said...

Not a fan of pies, but do they look appetizing.

Anonymous said...

Lovely pies! I struggled for years to duplicate my great grandmothers crusts. Now have a pretty good recipe. I finally determined that what was missing was the shared love when she let me 'help'...
My personal favorites, lemon, mincemeat, and cherry. None of those are popular at my house. The pie eating crew prefers apple, vanilla cream and pumpkin here.

MaxWriter said...

That's pretty close to my perfect pie crust, which I make thanks to Julia Child. Hers uses 1 3/4 c flour, 3/4 cup butter, and a little more water. In hers, you add the water into the food processor and pulse just 3 seconds, then turn it out onto a floured board and quickly mash it together. Chill, roll, and bake. Foolproof and absolutely delicious!

Edith
http://edithmaxwell.blogspot.com/

Harbingerdc said...

I've been using the food processor for pie dough for decades. I first tries it after seeing Natalie Dupree do it on one of her shows.

Those pies look wonderful!!!

Leann Sweeney said...

What beautiful pies! I have made my own pie crust since the ancient times. My family would walk out if I "bought" one during the holidays. LOL. And I passed this on to my daughter. It does take practice. But I used Crisco and a recipe with butter, although not healthy, is more healthy than one with Crisco. I made one with butter last year and it was good. But after decades of one taste, the family has to get used to the new taste. I LOVE baking and my kids were always helping. My son does most of the cooking at his house and my daughter has taught her husband to cook. It's very soothing for me when I have the energy and people around to feed.

Sheila Connolly said...

I am so jealous! That's one cooking skill that simply eludes me, and it looks so simple--I mean, four ingredients?

Small consolation: one of the chefs on Top Chef Desserts (for professional pastry chefs) last night got eliminated because her pie dough was too thick and hard. See? Even the experts have problems.

BJ Miller said...

Those pies look so yummy! I have 2 favorites, apple w/ vanilla ice cream & pumpkin w/ whipped cream.

CindyD said...

I make my own pie dough using an oil pastry recipe to cut the fat a bit. Our old stand-byes are Dutch apple and pumpkin, but my new go-to dessert is Arizona Sunshine Pie.

signlady217 said...

My favorites are cheesecake (plain), coconut cream, and lemon meringue. But my "guilty secret" is that I detest pie crust! I usually leave that part on the plate. :(

Merry Lu said...

Congratulations on conquering pie crusts! I love making pies and pie crust and seeing the picture of your lovely pies has me yearning to get into the kitchen and make one (or three). One thing I've heard several times in the last few years is that the ice water can make the dough tough. Some recommendations are for using room temperature water, others for using milk or cream instead. I haven't decided if there is any difference or not. As long as I get my pie, I'm not that picky.

Kate Collins said...

I could eat just about any pie out there, but possibly blueberry is my favorite. No, peach. No, wait, pecan . . . pumpkin?

I've made exactly one crust in my life. Couldn't hack through that sucker with a pick ax, so I never tried it again. But using a blender, hmm. Might have to give it a whirl, literally.

Mare F said...

They are lovely. I used to make my pies from scratch and then...stopped...not sure why. My favorite is Marionberry, but I haven't had one since I moved back to the east coast.

Jody said...

My mother had a pie crust recipe she swore by; I used the same recipe & could not equal her crusts or Pillsbury's.
Your pies look wonderful.

Lorna Barrett said...

I used to make my crusts from scratch using lard -- really flaky crusts, but now who has time? I buy the Wegmans brand pie crust and it's quite good.

caryn said...

I am a pie person for sure and I make my own crusts-very similiar to this one. And like Leann, I don't think I can pick a favorite.
Did I get from the FB posting that this may result in a mystery series? That would be great!

Linda McDonald said...

Those pies look so yummy. I've never made a pie crust before. Ever. Maybe I will try this recipe. It doesn't look too intimidating. :)

Tonya Kappes said...

Beautiful! You did a fabulous job.

Laurie said...

Those pies look wonderful! I'm going to have to try it myself.

Chèli said...

My favorite pie is Pecan!

after looking at those pies, when cyderry@yahoo.comI go out for dinner tonight, I'm going to have to look for pie for dessert!

Debra said...

I make sweet potato and chess pie for Thanksgiving but my favorite pie is lemon . Yum!!!

Laineshots said...

Congratulations - demystifying pie crust is a real accomplishment, and those pies look gorgeous!

I think my favorite pie is the deep dark chocolate meringue I got from my mom's Watkins recipe book, but I can't make it anymore because my husband gets headaches from chocolate. Second-favorite...well, can I choose all of them?

Maggie Sefton said...

Hey, hey, Jennifer---I'm glad you joined the club! I'm defiinitely "picky about pie crusts." Homemade, butter crusts, nothing is flakier. Love it. I learned from my Aunt Ann, who was also the quilter in addition to be a fabulous cook, when I was 9 years old and have been making homemade crusts ever since. Now---it's usually for holiday baking. Plus, I taught all my girls how to make them as well. My advice: If it's not tearing, it's not think enough. Repairs are easy with a fingertip of cold water. Yes, we're talking "art" here. :) Culinary art.

booklover said...

Bless your pie baking heart!!! These are gorgeous...almost makes me willing to try once again to achiever an edible crust!! My family loves apple pie but I'm partial to cherry...which is fine, they are both Michigan fruits!
Bon Appetit!!!

Vickie said...

thank you thank you thank you for this crust recipe!!