Pie crust from my food processor? You are going to love LOVE LOVE this pie crust recipe! Even if you are a complete newbie, or have had trouble in the past making beautiful, flaky pie crust, HELP IS HERE!
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You should know too, that helping people to learn how to make delicious pie crust is kind of a personal mission of mine. I want the whole world to enjoy making pie crust!
Because we all know what happens after you make that perfect pie crust recipe right? You know it. A perfect pie is soon to follow. 🙂
This post was originally published on November 28, 2017 and updated on April 30, 2018.
You will need: all purpose flour, unsalted butter, ice cold water.
PIE CRUST IN MY FOOD PROCESSOR BACKSTORY
When I was learning pastry making, particularly how to make pie crust, the old tried and true ways always worked for me. I used a handheld pastry blender, taking my time and being careful to fully blend the flour, shortening (or butter), and the rest of the ingredients.
And that’s because I learned my mother’s pie crust recipe and she got it from my grandmother. It appeared to me then, and it still does to this day – to be a labour of love. Mixing pastry dough by hand was just part of the process, and there was a skill to it, you really needed to mix everything in sequence and get the pastry dough to the right texture – to be ready to roll out for pie crust.
But a couple of months ago, when I was trying a new recipe, the instructions included the use of a small food processor. I was amazed and happily surprised at not only how quickly and easily the pastry dough came together, but that the quality of the pastry dough was excellent. I almost laughed out loud at the ease of use, thinking back to my catering days when I would be required to bake 50-60 pies for one event!
Small food processors have become a mainstay in a busy cook’s kitchen. I have had mine for a while, but didn’t really start to use it until recently. And the reason for that is that I am now using my food processor when I mix up my perfect pie crust recipe. Seriously.
There are a number of good brands on the market. You can get them just about anywhere. Just make sure the bowl or bin will hold about 8 cups (1.9 litres) – so that you can use your food processor for a variety of uses.
TIPS FOR PERFECT PIE CRUST
- Put the dry ingredients into the bin, put on the lid and pulse for a few seconds, just to blend.
- Next take the butter or vegetable shortening and add it to the dry mixture.
- Follow the directions exactly.
- I don’t use the chute for this and I cut the shortening/butter into small chunks.
- Put the lid back on and pulse until the butter is very finely chopped.
- Then add the ice water.
- I do use the chute for this.
- Pulse away and voila! Pastry dough ready to bake a pie.
- It’s that easy and very little, if any messes to clean up.
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EASY PIE CRUST FROM MY FOOD PROCESSOR
The easiest perfect pie crust recipe ever. Honestly, making a batch of pie crust dough this way takes all of the scariest out of making pie crust. Make a double batch while you are at it, and then put the extra in a freezer back for the next time you want to make a pie.
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- 2 1/2 cups cake and pastry flour
- 1 cup unsalted butter cold & cut into small chunks
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup ice cold water
- Place the dry ingredients into the bin and pulse.
- Next add the butter and shortening a little at a time and pulse until the mixture is coarse.
- Gradually add the water through the chute - while pulsing.
- The pastry dough will mix very quickly.
- Remove it from the bin - be careful with the blade!
- Wrap into two evenly shaped balls of pastry dough and cover with plastic wrap
- Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- You are ready to roll out your piecrust!
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