Friday, November 22, 2013

pie guy

I've got a guy who loves pumpkin pie. And today is a big day because he got his driver's license. At times like these, homemade crust is a must. Which is easier to make than Pillsbury would ever have you imagine. Thanksgiving week seems like the perfect time to share a good recipe.

Simple Pie Crust
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 sticks cold butter (cut into small cubes)
1/2 cup ice water  

Mix flour, salt and sugar together and place in freezer for 10 minutes along with the other ingredients so that everything gets real cold. This makes all the difference! Then place the flour, salt, sugar mix in a food processor bowl and sprinkle the cold butter cubes on top. Process this for about 10-15 seconds or until it looks like coarse cornmeal. With the machine running, drizzle ice water through the tube just until the dough holds together. Divide the dough in half, wrap it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour before using. When ready, roll it out onto a counter dusted with flour until you have a round disk about 1/8-inch thick.  Place in pie dish, add filling and bake as your recipe directs.
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