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Sunday, November 14, 2010

Foolproof Pie Crust using a Cuisinart machine

1 1/8 cup Flour
1 stick butter - cold as possible - diced
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 cup ice water

Put on an apron because the food processor will spew out flour dust in the beginning
With the normal blade in the cuisinart, add the flour and butter.

Pulse the machine as the butter is cut into the flour using as few cycles as you need to do the job. Once the dough is chopped, slowly add the cold, cold water while pulsing.

Dump the ingredients out onto a bread board or pastry cloth and pull it all together making a ball with your hands.

Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Pre-heat oven to 350 F

Roll out the dough large enough to cover your pie pan and pinch the rim to keep the crust from pulling away during the "pre-cook" phase. Try not to overwork the dough. Prick bottom with a fork in a few places.

Put crust into oven and cook for about 10-12 minutes (convection oven) until slightly firm, but not brown.

Take crust out of oven and finish the baking of whatever you are making.

Cuisinart machine
pastry cloth or bread board

I use this crust for quiche and add spices to it (like basil and sun dried tomatoes).
Makes one 9" crust. - double for a covered fruit pie.

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