Pie Crust 101

Pie Crust 101
Pie crust is as easy as 1,2,3!
I have figured out how to make pie crusts, apple pie, whole wheat blueberry pie, even chicken pot pie biscuit crust, I have a few pointers for those out there that are learning how to make pie crusts, and a few pictures that I hope can help with the learning process.

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Step 1: measure your flour, sift it into a bowl add your dry ingredients as needed for recipes, more salt for biscuit crust and a small dash for regular pie, and baking powder for biscuit crust. you can use any kind of flour , whole wheat, or even gluten free.1795335_618587711586751_4775536311822800335_o

Step 2: cut in desired amount of butter, the more pastry the crust the more butter you use. For lemon meringue pie you use more butter. Using a pastry cutter or 2 butter knives, cut the butter into the flour until you create crumbs that look like small peas. if you are vegan you can use coconut butter for this step..10532334_586658934779629_6181112585823331983_o
Step 3: once your butter and flour are crumbled, slowly work in 2-3 tbs of water until you create a dough, do not over-knead, place ½ the dough on cutting board, and or parchment paper and with a small amount of flour dusted on, roll out to desired length, this half would be the bottom, place it in your buttered pie pan, fill your pie and do the same for the top half.

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If you desire to make a fancy pie top, there are crust molds you can buy, and or you can cut your dough into strips and try lattice design like this,10535055_626826784096177_6911054348032918546_o 10943762_645003265611862_6332682542933403877_o10679844_586658998112956_7872447959758954570_o 10842303_626826764096179_2136056174515735728_o

or cut shapes into the top like this.

For chicken pot pie crust, brush egg whites over the top of it before you bake and its like “tanning lotion” for pie crusts. Your chicken pot pie will have a harder crust on top with a egg wash.10549270_671832662928922_5318494369214607536_o

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