Today I am sharing the pie crust recipe that I have been using for over 40 years. I am including some Baking 101 tips I learned in my high school home economics class. You can find my video tutorial over on our Instagram IGTV.
One Double-Crust Pie Shell
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup of solid shortening
6 Tablespoons cold water
1) Add the sifted flour and salt into a large mixing bowl. Stir together.
Note: It is important to sift flour before you measure it. The flour inside the bag will have become dense during transport and handling. Then lightly fill the cup, being careful not to pack the flour. Finally, use a knife to level off the cup.
2) Add the shortening and cut it into the flour.
Note: There are three ways of incorporating the flour using two knives, or a pastry blender, or rub it in with your fingers. If you decide to use your fingers it is important not to overwork the dough or let the mixture get too warm.
Note: When measuring shortening, press it firmly into the cup, pushing out any air bubbles that will affect the measurement.
Note: When using knives or the pastry blender the mixture will look like small peas. If rubbing the mixture will look like coarse sand.
3) Add the water, one tablespoon at a time. Gently mix with a fork or silicon flour scraper between each additional tablespoon of water. Note: Do not overwork the dough.
4) Bring the dough gently together using your hands and place it on the husMait silicone rolling mat. And form a ball and divide it into two.
5) Roll the crust into a circle. Dust the surface of the rolling mat lightly with flour and roll into a circle to fit the size of your pie plate. The husMait Silicone Rolling mat has easy to read design that includes measurements for dough sizes. These graduated circles take the guess work out of what size to roll the dough.
Note: Flatten the 1/2 dome into a disc, pinching any obvious cracks together. You can continue gently repairing cracks that begin at the edges by gently pinching it together as you roll.
Note: Lightly flour underneath the crust occasionally to allow the dough to move as it enlarges.
It is my hope that the tips and tricks I share here will help you become a more confident and successful home baker. So that you will be able to share your love in real and tangible ways.Sending warm wishes to your home,
from the husMait home kitchen.