This was actually the first time I made a pie crust from scratch. (I've been having lots of firsts lately). For the longest, I thought it was just easier to pick up the pre-made kind from the store...and obviously it is physically easier, but pie crust is one of those basics that calls for ingredients that you most likely have on hand at any given time. I had some free time (and was really in the mood for something pie-shaped)--so I just went for it. I made it the night before, let it rest in the fridge overnight and rolled it out the next morning. Even my mom, who is an amazing baker--was impressed with my impromptu pie crusts (the recipe made 3 tarts).
- 2 cups AP flour
- 1 tbs salt
- 1 tbs sugar
- 1 cup butter (or shortening)
- 4-6 tbs Iced water
Make the dough:
- Mix the flour and salt in mixing bowl.
- Cut butter into small cubes.
- Fit your mixer with a dough-hook
- Add butter in a few cubes at a time, mixing on low speed
- The dough should start to crumble together.
- Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the mixture starts to form what looks like little popcorn-esque balls of dough. And Voila! you have dough!
- Form the little clumps into a big ball of dough and put it into a ziplock bag.
- Put the zip-lock back in the fridge overnight (or more on to the next part...)
Prep your surface:
- I like to put down a layer of plastic to help me handle the dough when rolling out anything dough-like (and to make for easy cleanup.)
- Layer plastic wrap on your rolling surface and sprinkle with a generous amount of flour.
- Next, divide your dough into manageable balls; throw it down on your surface with floured hands and start rolling.
- The dough may tear and bend, but roll it until it's kind of pliable.
- occasionally score the edges to form a circle. At the end you should have something like the circle of dough in the first image.
Prep your pan:
- add a thin layer of butter to your pan by spreading it around with a paper towel
- then put a small amount of flour in the pan and tilt it until the entire inside is coated (it should look something like the pan in the first image)
- Press dough into pan (like in the image above)
- cut off the excess edges and voila...you have a pie crust
- no need to buy the pre-made ones! cover it with plastic wrap and stick it in the freezer until you're ready to make a yummy pie!