Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
This is a Salvation Sisters recipe recommended by a friend. It makes enough for a two-crust pie or two one-crust pies.
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1⁄4 cup cake flour
- 1⁄4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup very cold salted butter, cut into 16 squares
- 5 -6 tablespoons ice water
- In the work bowl of a food processor, fitted with the metal blade, add the flour, cake flour and baking powder. Combine the ingredients, by pulsing the ingredients 5 or 6 times. Add the butter, and again, pulse the ingredients 5 or 6 times, and then for 3-5 seconds, until there are small lumps of butter throughout the flour, about the size of peas.
- Through the feed-tube, with the machine running, quickly add 1/3 cup (a little more than 5 tablespoons) ice water. After about 20-30 seconds, the dough should come together and form a ball on top of the blade. If not, add a tablespoon of water. Do not over-process to ensure a flaky crust.
- Put the dough, and any little scraps on the bottom into a bowl together - pressing into two balls. Press each ball into a disc, about 1/3 to 1/2-inch thick. At this point, you can put the disc on a plate, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or up to 2 days. The dough, wrapped well, also freezes well for 30-45 days (defrost in the refrigerator overnight before using).
- When ready to use, dust each side of the dough with a little flour, then roll the dough on a lightly floured surface to a circle about 1/8-inch thick. Rotating the disc, as you roll to maintain an even circle.
- Transfer the dough to a deep-dish 9-inch or 10-inch pie plate. Press the dough lightly into place along bottom and sides. Using a knife, trim the dough, leaving a 1-inch overlap*. Fold the dough in half to create a double thickness along the rim of the pie plate. Push lightly along the outer edge, leaving room for the dough to shrink on the rim during baking. Pinch the dough along the rim to create a decorative edge. Because this is an all-butter crust, it must be very cold going into the oven. Refrigerate the prepared shell for 30-60 minutes, or overnight lightly covered with plastic wrap.
- If a recipe calls for a baked pie crust (blind bake), simply "dock" the crust, which means, using a fork, prick the crust along the bottom and sides, or use pie weights. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. Bake the crust at 425 degrees 15 to 18 minutes or until the sides begin to brown. (The initial high heat will force much of the steam out, helping the crust become flaky.) Remove the pan from the oven. Gently remove your pie weights. Reduce oven to 375 degrees and continue to bake the crust for several minutes until it's golden. Without the weight of a filling, a baking crust can shrink, fill with air pockets, and puff up with bubbles, so it is important to either dock the crust or weigh the crust down as it bakes. Weights are easier and you won't risk the filling leaking through the holes. This is done by lining the dough with parchment paper or foil (if you use foil, you may need to grease the dough first, to prevent the foil from sticking) and filling it with pie weights or a pie chain (or dried beans, pennies, rice, marbles, etc.) to hold its shape during baking.
I have used this recipe many times now. It has a wonderful flavor and I have gotten many comments on this crust and how delicious it is. I like that the recipe has all butter and no shortening; I believe that is why it has a superior flavor.
P.S. Now that I have made this about 6 times, I can say that the key to success is to read ALL the notes by the author and that this crust is good for filled pies only. Every time I have tried to blind bake the crust, I open the oven and find that my beautifully fluted crust has fallen. I have to start over every time I do that which is frustrating.