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    Always Perfect Pie Crust or Pastry

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    2 hrs 20 mins

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    Annacia's Note:

    Before you get rolling, with floured hands, shape dough into a disk. Sprinkle with just a little flour. This makes rolling easy. The cooking time is chill time!

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    1. 1
      In a very large bowl combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Cut in butter leaving pea sized chunks.
    2. 2
      In a 2 cup glass measure whisk water, sour cream, and vinegar; pour, all at once into flour mixture, and quickly distribute. Stop!
    3. 3
      Make sure dough is slightly crumbly. Divide dough mixture into 3 equal portions (about 12 to 13 ounces each) Refrigerate for 2 hours and best overnight (finish by hand). DO NOT OVER MIX- the finished dough should break, not stretch.
    4. 4
      Gently knead in bag to bring dough together. Form into discs.
    5. 5
      Use at once or wrap and store in refrigerator for several days or in freezer for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in refrigerator if frozen.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 23, 2011


      This is Alan Carter's recipe for Better Homes and Gardens. It is the PERFECT pie crust. I have always had trouble finding a recipe that I can roll without sticking or crumbling and this is IT! The vinegar and sour cream may scare some folks away -- don't let it! I have a nephew that hates both of these ingredients and he LOVES this pie crust. You cannot tell it's in there. I think it just helps hold everything together and gives a wonderful texture.

      The recipe calls for up to a whole tablespoon of kosher salt and I prefer only using half a tablespoon. It gives the perfect mix of salty-sweet without overpowering. I have also used up to half a stick of shortening to replace butter and it comes out perfectly flaky and delicious. This is definitely the only pie crust I will ever use again.

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    • on December 16, 2011


      This crust worked perfectly for me. It was wonderful and easy to work with. Thanks for sharing.

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    • on February 20, 2013


      Perfect! I used this as a pastry crust for a chicken pot pie and it was crunchy and flaky even on the bottom! Nice! Thanks for sharing-

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    Nutritional Facts for Always Perfect Pie Crust or Pastry

    Serving Size: 1 (1077 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1550.5
    Calories from Fat 994
    Total Fat 110.5 g
    Saturated Fat 69.1 g
    Cholesterol 288.8 mg
    Sodium 1249.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 123.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.2 g
    Sugars 4.9 g
    Protein 17.4 g

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