RECIPE: Pie Crust

elmokaliNovember 18, 2012

I am just starting to do pie crust from scratch. Most recipes say you should mixed your pie crust ingredients and put them in the refrigerator for at leat two hours or overnight. But they do not say what the maximum time the pie crust dough can be in the refrigerator. Is there a maximum time before one rolls out the crust?

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not sure about your question, I would guess 24 hrs or so, otherwise consider freezing. passing along these folks to you, I've had great luck with their recipes and products, although you can buy other, the info itself is worth checking into.
good luck,

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 8:06AM
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I use to always buy premade pie crusts until my
Dear Mother gave me this recipe.
Perfect Pie Crust Every Time
4c. unsifted flour
2 tsp. salt
1 3/4 c Crisco
1/2 c water
1 TBSP white vinegar
1 large egg
No matter how much you handle this dough
it will be tender and flaky. Put the 4
cups of flour and salt in large bowl. Mix
well. Add crisco and using a dough blender
mix until ingredients are crumbly.

In a measuring cup fill with 1/2 cup water,
add vinegar and egg and mix well. Combine
with flour mixture, stirring with fork
until moistened. Divide dough into 4 equal
parts. With hands, shape dough into 4 flat
round patties. Wrap in platic wrap and chill
for 1/2 hour. When ready, roll into crust.
Can freeze up to two weeks before using and
the dough will remain nice.

I haven't bought pie crust since I made this
the first time. Hope you like flaky crust
and try this recipe. Let me know.


    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 11:20PM
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Elmokali - no. There is no limit on how long you can put in the fridge, although after a few weeks it gets moldy.

But you don't have to put it into the fridge at all. People make recipies a lot more complicated than they need to be.

If you've made the crust - incorporated all the butter and water, then the purpose of putting it into the fridge is to "relax" the dough. It really becomes far easier to handle, even if you only leave it for like 15 or 20 minutes. Overnight is great but not necessary.

Don't knead the dough, but make sure everything is mixed. And leave some larger lumps of butter. Do it by hand rather than mechanically and it works a lot better. It takes about 5 minutes to make dough - there's no reason on earth to buy pre-made dough. And use butter. Shortening and margarine leave a fatty coating in your mouth.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 12:03AM
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I use Crisco and never refrigerate. I have on occasion made crusts with butter instead of crisco and in that case I can see refrigerating.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2013 at 6:45PM
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I would just go ahead and freeze after 24hrs if you don't plan to use it. I like to make a few when i have a bit of time and go ahead and freeze.
My go-to recipe is from smitten kitchen.

Here is a link that might be useful: pie crust 102

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 5:29AM
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Anyone try the tip to substitute 1 oz vodka for 1 oz. water?

from NPR's Splendid Table program

    Bookmark   August 30, 2013 at 12:18PM
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Robert ~

There was a lot of buzz about the vodka crust being superior on the cooking forum. Less shrinkage, flavor, etc. etc.

When the novelty wore off several excellent bakers declared they preferred their non-vodka crusts.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2013 at 12:24AM
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