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Basic Pie Dough

My sister is undeniably the pie queen in our family. At least in California.My aunt Susie is also an amazing pie wizard.That said, one day I asked Polly, my sister, for her favorite pie crust recipe. Here it is!

 

Makes 2 pie crusts

 

2 cups flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup chilled unsalted butter, in 1/2 inch cubes

4-6 TBS ice water

 

Combine flour, sugar and salt in a bowl, stir to blend.  Add butter and work into flour mixture with a pasty blender or 2 knives until mixture looks like fine bread crumbs with a few pea sized pieces.  Sprinkle water evenly over mixture tossing with fork until dough pulls together.

 

I used a pastry blender for this the other day for the first time.  It worked great!!  Towards the end I worked it with 2 forks before adding the water, very flaky crust... made little rugelah's with the leftovers for the kids, butter, cinnamon and sugar.  They both went bonkers for them!!

 

*Note: I (Jessica) am a fan of using the food processor instead of the knives or pastry blender.Just donít overmix!!

 

Email: jessicafm (at) mindspring.com

 

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