Homemade Pie Crust: Way Easier Than You Thought

Taken from here.

Here’s the thing about homemade pie crusts: they have always terrified me. As it is, I’m fairly remedial when it comes to things in the kitchen, so the idea of something that has to be both pretty and functional was a little nervous-making. But at the kindly prodding of a good friend (who’s much, much more skilled), I finally decided to give it a go and make my own crust. And you know? It’s not that hard…and it only takes 4 ingredients.

Unlike store-bought pie crusts, which contain ingredients like Yellow 5 and 6 and partially hydrogenated lard (sorry, vegetarians), a homemade pie crust requires just water, flour, salt, and butter (or vegan butter, which I’ve been told works like a charm, but sort of negates the whole “simplicity” factor). Even if you make no attempts to make your crust more healthy, by using whole wheat flour or adding flax or something, your pie crust made at home will be way better for you and your guests than anything in a store.

The two biggest things to worry about with a pie crust is first, to make sure the water and butter are both chilled–it’ll keep everything from getting creamed together. Second, make sure you have plenty of it. Water is what keeps your crust pliable, and will keep it from shattering apart when you try to put it in your pie tin. The salt is a little less important, so if you’re using salted butter or are watching your sodium, you can cut back a little on that.

The recipe is pretty much universal–most pies are the same size, and the amounts of each ingredient are fairly static–but of course, you can gussy it up in any way you like. Basically, it’s this:

  • 6 Tbsp cold, preferably unsalted butter

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 2 Tbsp cold water

  • 1 cup flour
See? So easy. If you like a sweeter crust, you can add some sugar–maybe half a cup–but be sure to add a tiny bit more water, too.

Making the crust is also supremely easy. Click through for the directions:

Images : Mine
Post from: Blisstree


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