The crust is the main element of a pie, and it will be called “perfection” when it is buttery and flaky. Butter makes it tender to bite and flaky pies show the intricate layers of dough kneaded into forming it. To make the piecrust correctly, you need to learn the science of pie dough.
Most people buy pre-made frozen pie crusts, which are simple and quick to make. But to make the flaky pie crust richer and more delicious, you need to master the simple recipe below:
- 1 ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ½ cup butter, chilled and cut in cubes
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- ¼ cup ice water
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, sugar and butter to form coarse textured crumbs.
- Now add the water, mixing it a tablespoon at a time, to form a ball.
- Wrap the ball in plastic and refrigerate it for at least 4 hours. The longer it stays in the fridge the better your pastry will be.
- Roll out the dough. Place it in a pie plate, pressing it evenly on the bottom and the sides.
- Fill it with your desired pie filling, bake, and enjoy the flaky crusted pie.