Monday, November 28, 2005

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 .


Blogger Fanny said...

Hi Fran, that pie dough looks nice and easy to make. I can't wait for thr cherry pie recipe. I LOVE cherries.

30 November, 2005 03:12  
Anonymous lisaSD said...

Hi Fran--I've never made a pie crust. I'm just not good with rolling things out to a consistent thickness and then moving it, and then...oh, it's all so intimidating! But I want to believe you when you say this one is easy!

Thanks for stopping by my site and welcome to the world of food blogging! I'm just about 6 weeks ahead of you, so we're both new.

03 December, 2005 10:00  
Blogger Kalyn said...

Hey, thanks for visiting Kalyn's Kitchen. I'm glad I'm not the only food blogger who likes meatloaf.

04 December, 2005 12:15  
Blogger Joe said...

Great demo on pie crusts Fran! I'm jealous of your citrus tree!

04 December, 2005 16:52  
Blogger Paz said...

I'm so inspired by your posts!

04 December, 2005 22:59  
Anonymous Jennifer said...

Hi Fran,
Thanks for stopping by Weekly Dish. My aunts and grandmother all swear by a homemade pie crust very similar to this one...I haven't had the energy to try it yet (those Pilsbury ones sure are easy), but you may have inspired me. I look forward to hearing more about your family recipes!

09 December, 2005 20:20  

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