Perfect Homemade Pie Crust Recipe
Forget the store-bought crust and give making your own a go! (Photo courtesy of MissHomemade.com)
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Check out the Walnut Pie Crust recipe below
This homemade pie crust recipe can be used for any pie, quiche, pasty and anything else you can think of. The best I've tasted has to be Ina Garten's recipe from the Food Network. You'll agree after the first bite.
Pie pastry dough is the easiest and most versatile of all doughs and is made completely with shortening. The ingredients are mixed as quickly as possible.
You can also make it in a food processor. For a slightly sweeter pastry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of white sugar to the flour.
For a no-bake pie (such as my favorite, fresh strawberry), bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. For a pie which isn't as sweet, I would also recommend adding 1 tablespoon of sugar to the flour.
This homemade pie crust recipes makes two 9" pie crusts - make sure all ingredients are very cold.
The Perfect Homemade Pie Crust Recipe
- 1/3 cup vegetable shortening (very cold)
- 12 tablespoons very cold unsalted butter
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice cold water
Mix shortening, butter, flour, and salt together with a fork or a pastry blender until very crumbly. Add as much water as needed to hold together, and mix lightly with a fork.
Roll gently on a floured pastry cloth to about an inch larger than pie plate. Fold carefully in half, lift to pie plate, and unfold. Press into pan.
For a single-crust pie, trim with a small knife to about 1/2 inch beyond rim. Fold up, and pinch so edge of pie is raised from rim.
For a two-crust pie, trim bottom crust to edge of rim, fill, and top with crust about 1/2 inch larger than rim. Tuck top crust under bottom along rim. Seal with floured fork.
Here's a tip that I use every time: to prevent a soggy pie crust, brush a thin layer of egg white over the bottom crust before filling. Works every time.
Walnut Pie Crust
Here's another homemade pie crust recipe that will have you doing "flips." Makes a double crust. Use it with Southern Pecan Pie recipe.
- 1/2 cup walnut pieces
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- 2 cups flour
- 2/3 cup unsalted butter, very cold
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
Put the walnut pieces in a blender or food processor. Add about half of the white sugar and finely grind this mixture.
Sift the flour onto the work surface and ad the ground walnut/sugar mixture. Make a large well in the center of the ingredients. Using a rolling pin, pound the butter to soften it slightly.
Put the egg, the remaining sugar, butter, salt and cinnamon into the well. Work the ingredients with your fingertips until they are all thoroughly mixed together. You may also do this in a bowl with a pastry cutter if you do not have a pastry scraper. Whatever you feel comfortable with.
Draw in the flour with a pastry scraper, then work the flour into the other ingredients with your fingers until coarse crumbs form. Press into a ball. It should be quite soft, but if it is too sticky, add a little more flour.
Sprinkle the work surface lightly (sparingly) with flour. Blend the dough by pushing it away from you with the heel of your hand. Gather up the dough and continue to blend in this manner until it is very smooth and peels away from the work surface in one piece. This usually takes 1 to 2 minutes. Shape into a smooth ball, wrap tightly and chill until firm; approximately 1 hour.
Brush the pie plate or tart pan with melted butter. Again, lightly (sparingly) dust the work surface with flour. Roll out 2/3 of the chilled dough into a 11 inch round circle. Re-wrap and return the unrolled dough to the refrigerator.
Wrap the dough around the rolling pin and gently drape it over the pie plate (or tart pan). Lift the dough with one hand and press it into the bottom of the pan with the other hand. Overlap the dough slightly inside the rim of the pan, so extra dough is left at the edge.
To remove the excess dough after placing it in the pie plate, roll a rolling pin over the top of the pan, pressing down to cut off the excess dough. Add the trimming to the reserved portion of the dough and return to the refrigerator.
When filled you then you roll out the remaining dough into a 10 inch round circle. At this point you may cut out a 2 inch round opening (a small glass works) in the center of the crust to allow steam to escape. Wrap the dough around the rolling pin; draping it over the filled crust.
With a small knife, trim the top round even with the filled pastry shell, using the pan as a guide. Press the dough edges together with the tip of a fork to seal the top and the bottom of the pastry shell.
Brush the top with water and sprinkle with sugar. Chill the pie until firm; approximately 15 minutes. Heat the oven and bake that pie. Now keep this homemade pie crust recipe under your hat...
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