Pie Crust

Lately I have been trying my hand at making pies.  After all who can’t resist making a pie? Or I should say who can’t resist eating a pie??  We have this kids book in our house called; “Pie in the Sky”  By Lois Elhert.  In the book he talks about making pie and how it would be something great if pies grew on trees. In the book they make cherry pie.  My littles ones love the book, and we often read it before bed and we talk about pie and end up wanting pie to eat!  So we decided to make pie just like they talk about in the book.  Both of my kids love to cook with me and rolling out pie crust is lots of fun and lots of mess.  They are great helpers and our pie turned out pretty tasty too!!  So if we can make yummy pie crust then I am sure you can too.  We used half of this recipe for a pumpkin pie, and the other half for chicken pot pie!

Prep time: 15-20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2/3 cup very cold butter - cut into small cubes
  • 5-7 tbsp ice water

Directions

Using a food processor pulse the cold butter*, flour, salt and sugar a few times.  Adding a tablespoon of water at a time pulse until the dough just starts to come together.  The idea is to mix it as little as possible.

Turn it onto a lightly floured surface and kneed until it just forms a ball. Be careful not to kneed to much, just enough to stick together. Divide in half and wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.  Keep in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.

When ready to use, take out the dough and roll with a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface.  Place in Pie dish.

Can be used for apple pie, pumpkin pie, or chicken pot pie.

*Note about the cold butter: When I am making pie crust I cut my butter into small cubes and place it in the freezer until I am ready to use it.  The colder the butter the flakier crust it will make.

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