If I Can Do It You Can Too Pie Crust
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- 3 c
- unbleached white flour
- 3 c
- white whole wheat flour
- 1 1/3 c
- cold butter flavored crisco, cut in small cubes
- 1 1/3 c
- cold butter, cut in small cubes
- 3 tsp
- 2 Tbsp
- eggs, beaten
- 1 1/2 Tbsp
- apple cider vinegar
- approx 3/4 c
- ice water
1I couldn't find my pastry blender since I haven't used it in a long time. I have done the food processor method and ended up with tough crust. I think it got over processed. So I decided to use my Kitchen Aid stand mixer with the wire whip attachment. It worked great and I felt I had more control over the size the shortening and butter got.
2Measure flours, salt & sugar into mixer bowl and chill in fridge along with the whip and the shortening & butter. Meanwhile, beat eggs and vinegar together well and set aside. Make ice water so it is ready to add last to form the dough.
3Put bowl on mixer and mix on low to incorcorate the salt and sugar. Add the chilled shortening and butter cubes and continue to mix on low until the mixture looks like cornmeal with larger pea sized bits in it. Be sure to stop and scrape bowl down a few times. Add egg mixture and some of the ice water and mix until dough starts to form. Remove from mixer and stir in more water if necessary to make dough come together. Do not overmix. Form into 5-8 balls of dough, depending on pie pan size. Flatten on wax paper, wrap and chill until ready to roll out.
4When ready to roll out crust, flour surface and rolling pin. Start in the middle and roll outwards in all directions, turning crust as it gets flatter so it won't stick. When crust is evenly flat and desired size(2" larger than pie pan) place rolling pin on edge and roll crust up onto it. Starting on one side of pan unroll crust into pan. Ease crust into bottom so as not to stretch it. Trim crust to edge of pie pan. Fill with desired filling. Brush a little water on edge of bottom crust so top one will adhere to it. Roll out top crust and place over filling the same way as the bottom. Trim crust and fold under the bottom crust. Crimp edges. Vent, brush with milk or cream and sprinkle with sugar to make crust shiney when baked. Add foil strips around edges of crust to prevent overbrowning and bake your pie.