Thursday, March 26, 2009

Simply Perfect Pie

Over on Bakerella's blog, she posted a request for a pie crust recipe for beginners. ALOT of people responded. Thought you'd like to know one really simple pie crust recipe too!
(If you click over to Bakerella's...aren't those the cutest chick cake pops for Easter?)

Many years ago, I subscribed to Family Fun magazine. When Lee Allison was little, I found lots and lots of great ideas. But the best and most lasting was the Classic Apple Pie recipe and Flaky Pie Crust.

From their site:

This recipe will teach your kids the basics of mixing up a flaky crust--the first and most important step in baking an apple pie.


2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
5 tbsp. cold vegetable shortening
8 tbsp. ice water


Ask your child to measure the flour, sugar and salt into a gallon-size sealable plastic bag. Seal and shake the bag to combine.

bag Add the chilled butter pieces and shortening to the bag, then have your child press down on the bag with their palms.

The goal is to flatten the butter and shortening and coat them with flour to produce a flaky, layered crust.

Open the bag and add the ice water. Reseal, then press and shake until the dough holds together (add more water, if necessary).

For mess-free cooking with kids, mix up piecrust and other doughs in a sealable bag instead of a bowl.

Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead it together, then divide in half.

Flatten each half into a disk, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes.

roll dough Roll out one of the disks on a lightly floured surface until you have a circle that's about 12 inches in diameter.

Line a 9-inch pie plate with the dough, trimming any extra from the edges with a sharp knife (parents only). Return it to the refrigerator until you are ready to make the pie. Makes 1 double crust.

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