FYI, we won't include this in the final poll.
So the Mod Squad kept lamenting that pie crust was sooooo hard and they couldn't do it. And I was thoroughly confused.
I've made my share of pie crust and it never seemed that taxing to me! Batgirl
swears it's just because of my genes. So since I came down to see my grandma for her birthday I figured I could enlist her help in creating this tutorial. She *is* the queen of pies and she taught me everything I know! Hopefully this tute will ease your mind and let you make your own crust from scratch. I promise you can do it!
Now, this amount will yield between 5 -7 crusts. Anything you're not going to use right away you can easily freeze! I'll tell you more at the end.
Ingredients:5 & 1/3 cups of flour2 cups Crisco
*2 tsp saltCold water
* Grandma says use that particular Crisco. Silver with blue writing. Sticks are great because they're pre-measured and easy. That's what I use because that's what grandma uses! You could surely get away with Crisco in a tub, but I won't experiment further from that. You can though if you want! Oh, and this is important MAKE SURE IT'S COLD
. I just keep in the fridge.
**I have ice water pictured but had to take the cubes out as we were using it. Just make sure it's cold and you're good!
Here are the tools you'll need right now:Large BowlMeasuring Cups
(not pictured, I guess we were too excited!)Measuring SpoonsPastry Blender (Don't skimp, now. Go out to Target or wherever and buy yourself one. I'm serious!! They're not that expensive.)
For later:Cling Wrap or a Ziploc BagPastry cloth
(You can skimp here if you want. I don't have one but they make life and cleanup easier)Rolling pin and cover
(Again, you won't die without the cover but really, it helps)
Measure out your flour. Grandma says RESIST THE URGE TO SHAKE IT
. If you need to move it around to make it fills your measuring cup, just move it around with a spoon. If you shake it you'll get too much flour packed in there!
Add your salt and mix it up.
Add your Crisco! Now, pull out that pastry blender, this is its time to shine.
Start cutting up the Crisco and mixing it into the flour mixture.
Keep doing this until you have lots of little balls of Crisco and not really any plain loose flour. This is the consistency you're looking for.
Now, add 8 Tbsp of cold/ice water. Use your pastry blender and mix! See how it's forming a dough where the water is?
Now add 8 MORE Tbsp of cold/ice water around the area that hasn't turned doughy yet. Use your pastry blender and mix!
In theory that should be enough water but it generally doesn't work out that way. You're going for a really soft smooth doughy texture, but if not everything is getting mixed in add a leeetle more water. Maybe a Tbsp or possibly two at a time. It's better to have to add more times than to overdo it! This is what it looks like right at the end of mixing with the pastry blender.
Now get your hands in there and mix it up JUST A BIT! You don't want to overwork it and make it tough, you really just get it all combined and make it more of a single lump. This is what you want when you're done. It's very soft and smooth!
Cover your bowl in cling wrap. If the wrap won't cling, just push it into a Ziploc and MAKE SURE all the air is pushed out. Put it in the fridge for about an hour or so. It can stay longer if you need it to and less if you're really in a rush. I've made a pie straight after making the crust before (no fridge time) so that's doable but not advised! If you can wait it'll taste better.
I'll be back later to show you how to roll out your dough! Right now though I promised you more info about freezing. Whatever you want to freeze, make into patties roughly the size of what you'll need for a crust. Just pop them in the freezer in a freezer safe ziploc! When you're ready to make a pie or pastry, just take what you need and leave it on the counter and it should thaw relatively quickly.
(Also, are there any vegans who could confirm or deny that Crisco is vegan? It is vegetable shortening but my vegan sister was all antsy about the two ingredients she didn't understand.