Saturday, September 11, 2010

Butter Flaky Pie Crust

One of the things I remember my Mom always making was an awesome flaky pie crust. It took me a few years to master it, but I have it down now. And there are not any store bought pie crusts that come close to a good homemade pie crust! When you look for recipes, they are all pretty similar if not identical, but the chilled butter and ice water are crucial to the recipe!

** This yields one pie crust- you need to double this if you need a top and bottom crust**

1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup ice water

In a large bowl, combine the flour and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms into a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Roll dough out to fit a 9 inch pie plate. Press the dough evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Bake as directed for pie recipe.

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