11.15.2010

How to Make Pie Dough in the Food Processor

Sure Thanksgiving is all about the turkey but in my family of all boys it's also all about the pie. More specifically how many, what kinds, whipped cream and how much pie can we eat at one time. Me, I don't love pie, in fact I would go so far as to say I don't really like pie. But my guys love pie, so I've learned to make pie dough so I can whip up pies for them whenever the mood strikes without having to keep that store bought stuff on hand. Not only is homemade healthier, it tastes better and looks better too.

Many folks don't realize just how quick and easy it is to make your own pie dough. It literally takes less than five minutes once you practice and get comfortable. And the difference between homemade and store bought are very visual, they just look better. They taste better too. A homemade pie dough is easier to work with, no crazy unrolling and mending cracks. Try one this Thanksgiving or Christmas and see how your family reacts. My guess is that they will notice and they will love it.

 Here's a very short video showing you just how easy it can be:


Martha Stewart's Pie Dough My way
Best Pie Crust Ever


Pie Crust ----- makes 2 crusts
2 1/2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup unsalted butter cut in chunks
1/4 cup to 1/2 cup ice cold water


whirl dry ingredients together
add butter and pulse to chop until flour looks like course meal 10-15 seconds
add ice water and pulse quickly 1 tablespoon at a time=1 pulse at a time
when dough holds together stop adding water
remove from the bowl and divide the dough in half
flatten each piece in to a disk and wrap in plastic wrap
refrigerate 60 minutes, keep 1 in the refrigerator while working with the other
roll out on a lightly floured surface until 2 inches wider than your pie pan
roll on to the rolling pin and unroll on the pie pan
pat in to place chill until ready to use
repeat for a second 1 crust pie or roll second crust out as a top crust and lay over your filling trimming and crimping as desired

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Peace and Love--


12 comments:

  1. Easy recipe and lots of fun! What a great combo My youngest loves to be in the kitchen and I think we will have lots of fun making Thanksgiving pies together! Thanks

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  3. I have not had success in this area, I will give your instructions and amounts a try, thanks.

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  4. I just got a brand new Cuisinart from my dad and have been dying to use it for something like this. Thanks for the cool post, Laura :) love and hugs

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  5. Nothing like home made pie crust! I'm not a big pie fan either, but I do like my mom's apple pie! Thanks for the dough tips!

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  6. Too cute, and I'm actually kind of enjoying reading your comment spam. Almost makes me want to let mine through. :-)

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  7. Serene I know they are HILARIOUS! I did delete them though because you never know when someone will click on one :D
    Kate!! You will love this pie dough technique it makes it so easy.

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  8. OMG, I'm loving your video, Laura! Its wonderful and also really nice to hear your voice. Love IT!

    Now, will you mock me if I tell you that making pie crust frightens me? Well, maybe not any more now that I can refer back to your teachings. Thanks

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  9. This is awesome! I just got my food processor and can't wait to try this with the lovely pie I'm making this weekend!

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  10. Laura,
    cute assistants make all recipes easier, imho! You certainly make the whole pie crust thing look easy - I am going to have to try it! Thanks for sharing this with the hearth and soul hop!

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  11. Hi Laura! What a loving mamma you are to make things you dont even like for your boys! I loved your video! I am attempting pies from scratch this season and I am rendering the lard this weekend. I hope i can try your version with lard. Thanks so much for sharing this on the hearth and soul hop this week. All the best! Alex

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  12. Is your assistant for hire? Such a cutie!

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