I firmly believe everyone should have one really good sweet pie dough recipe in their repertoire. A really good pie dough isn’t just for pies – you can make tarts, galettes, crostattas, pie fries, pot pies and so forth.
This dough will allow you to turn out a fantastic pie crust with just a few basic ingredients.
The biggest things to remember are the following:
- Keep all ingredients ICE COLD until you’re ready to use!
- Leave lumps (pea-sized) of butter in the dough.
- Do not overwork you dough (trying to blend it all in).
- CHILL, CHILL, CHILL the dough for at least 30 minutes.
- Most importantly… respect the dough!
- 1 1/2 cups plus 2 Tbl flour (cold)
- 1 Tbl sugar (cold)
- 1/2 tsp salt (cold)
- 6 Tbl unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and very, very cold
- 2 Tbl Crisco (cold and not butter flavored)
- 5 Tbl ice water, or as needed
- Sift the flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl.
- Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Add the butter and shortening.
- Using a pastry blender, cut the ingredients together so it resembles coarse crumbs. You still want to be able to see pieces of butter.
- Add 1 Tbl of water at a time as you just want the dough comes together. Do not overmix.
- Shape into a smooth ball of dough, flatten into a square or rectangle, and wrap in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes as you want it chilled. This will allow the butter to harden. You want to be able to see bits of butter as that’s what will give you flaky dough.
- Follow your recipe’s directions on using a pie crust.