Learn how to make a flaky homemade pie crust in seven easy steps.
The tastiest pies are made from the crust up. In this video, you’ll learn how to make homemade pie crusts in seven easy-to-follow steps. All you need are flour, water, salt, and fat (butter, shortening, or lard). You’ll learn the proper order for mixing together ingredients and how to cut in the fat, and see why a combination of fats sometimes makes the best pies (with some fats adding flakiness to the crust and others rich flavor). You’ll see tricks for easily mixing the fat into the dry ingredients and see what the mixture should look like when prepared just right, so you’ll end up with a wonderfully flakey pie crust. You’ll learn when to add the water and how much to add at a time. You’ll learn how to test the pie dough for moisture and how to avoid adding too much water or overworking the dough, which will give you a tough pie crust. You’ll also learn why the dough should rest in the refrigerator for an hour and how best to store it. Then you’ll see a great technique for rolling out pie dough on a floured counter and learn how to judge whether the crust has been rolled out large enough to fit the pie pan. You’ll also see how to gently fold the pie crust and lay it out in the pie pan and get great tips for trimming and crimping the edges and for fixing any cracks or tears in the pie pastry. You’ll also see how to prevent the dough from shrinking during baking. Learning these easy techniques will help you bake the best homemade pies—from apple and cherry pies to pumpkin and pecan pies—even chicken pot pies!
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