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November 26, 2014

farm food | one fine pie crust

here is how i feel about pie crusts. yes...of course you can buy a perfectly delicious crust at the store and save yourself a little time and your arm a little workout.

but that's just not how i roll. i'm a big believer that if you're going to have an intake of pie-calories, they may as well be from the very most delicious pie crust.

with thanksgiving tomorrow, you can feel free to whip up a pie or two, knowing the end result is going to be amazing because this crust is:

simple.
full of glorious butter.
worth it.

you can thank me later.

FARM FOOD | PIE CRUST

yields 2 crusts 

(for this post i doubled the following recipe so i had enough for one apple and two pumpkin pies)
1 | gather your five ingredients:
  • 2 1/2 c flour
  • 2 sticks salted butter (straight from the fridge)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 c very cold water
2 | combine the flour, sugar, and salt...that's simple.

3 | cube your butter into small 1/2 inch cubes

4 | once all your butter has been cubed, add it to your dry mixture and begin cutting the butter into the mixture with a pastry cutter or fork. (if you're using a fork, god bless you...you're going to be there awhile.)
you'll know you're done cutting the butter into the mixture when it's the size of small peas. 
see...it's all cut, but you can still see the butter chunks. this is good because when you bake your pie, the butter will melt into the crust and it will also be deliciously flakey. 
5 | now that the butter is cut add 1/2 cup of the super cold water so you can begin to glue the dough together. 

keep drizzling water by 1 tbsp at a time until the dough is tacky enough to combine into a ball. you'll probably end up adding an additional 1/4 - 1/2 cup.

you're probably going to feel like it's not sticky enough to hold. it is, trust me. also, try not to handle the dough too much as the heat from your hands will melt that butter! you do not want to melt that butter. 

6 |  now that your dough is completely combined, take it and divide it into two equal parts...or in my case, four.
7 | once you've divided your dough, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour before you roll it out.
now go pick your favorite filling and get to work!

also, be prepared for your friends and family to oooo and ahhh over your baking prowess. 
5 comments on "farm food | one fine pie crust"
  1. I am in charge of pies, so thanks for this!!!

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  2. Ooo, these look so good! I have some ready made crusts from the store, but this is making me want to make my own!

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  3. Oh that pie crust looks great -- I am going to have to remember this recipe!

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  4. Impressive! I am making my first pie for Thanksgiving this year.

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