Easy As Pie--Dough
This is the easiest ever pie dough (crust). If anyone has ever had problems with making a pie dough I invite you to try this. My Mom, Grandmothers, and Aunts have all been wonderful bakers and I thought I just couldn't make an edible pie until a friend at work (Jeanne) told me about this wonderful recipe that I have used for years. You can use it for sweet or savory fillings. If you are making a 1 crust pie just use half and freeze half. You can also just take the extra dough and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar for a little extra treat. The pictures show the the steps. First--Mix 2 cups all purpose flour with a pinch of salt in a large bowl (you can omit the salt). Second--Mix 2/3 cup oil (I like canola--it is light) and 1/3 cup milk (you can use cream, half & half, skim, whatever you like). Third--mix the liquid into the dry with a fork. It will make a sticky mixture but don't panic. Form the dough into a ball. Halve the dough and form 2 dough balls. Roll each ball out between pieces of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Proceed as you would with any pie recipe. Just know that this will not be like a fancy dough with chilled butter that is kneaded and rested. It is very forgiving. If it tears in the pie plate just patch it up--it will be fine. These pictures show the making of a Cherry Pie which we had on Thanksgiving. Next post I plan on showing the Cherry Pie recipe. Hope if you try this it is successful for you. It has been very consistent for me--always flaky. Happy baking .