Pie Crust

I’m going to be posting the recipes I used for my pie competition over the next couple of days. The first thing needed when baking pies is a crust. I’ve actually never made full sized pie crusts before. I went with a William Sonoma recipe that is similar to most pie crust recipes out there. I used butter flavored Crisco and the crusts turned out flaky and delicious. I made 4 crusts even though I only needed 3 just in case I needed that extra one.

See WS link for ingredient list for 1 pie crust and for food processor method. I made sure everything was VERY cold before making my crusts. I measured the ingredients into bowl and put them in the freezer for 45 minutes. I also put my mixing bowl and pastry cutter into the freezer for about 20 minutes.

Pie crust – from William Sonoma
For a 9-inch double-crust pie:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
6 to 7 Tbs. cold water

Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl and toss together. Add the shortening. With your fingertips, 2 knives or a pastry blender, blend the ingredients together, working quickly, until you have a mixture of tiny, irregular flakes and bits about the size of coarse bread crumbs. Sprinkle on the water, 1 Tbs. at a time, stirring gently with a fork after each addition. Add just enough water for the dough to form a rough mass.

With floured hands, pat the dough into a smooth disk (or into 2 disks, one just slightly larger than the other, if you are making a double-crust pie). The dough is now ready to use. It is not necessary to refrigerate the dough before rolling out (unless you included some butter), although for convenience it may be covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 2 days.

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6 Responses to “Operation Baking Girls – Round 13”

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    Cupcake Activist — October 12, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    It’s so cool to see so many people involved in Operation Baking Gals. Those soldiers are definitely going to feel the love from our goodies!

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    Kristy — October 13, 2009 at 5:25 am

    I’m so excited to learn about this! my brother is in the navy and I’ve seen how soldiers react when freshly baked cookies show up! Looking forward to reading you blog!

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    KnitterlyJess — October 13, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I (thankfully) dont have anyone you could sponsor, but just wanted to let you know how awesome it is that you’re doing this. My husband has deployed twice to Iraq in the past few years, each time for a year, and homebaked goodies were always among his favorite things to recieve. He recently got out of the marine corps but his unit is heading to afghanastan in the coming months, if I hear of anyone in need of extra goodies I’ll be sure to think of you girls! Thanks so much for supporting the troops!

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    stephchows — October 13, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Operation baking gals is so amazing!! Jon is going to love everything you sent!

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    comfycook — January 22, 2010 at 3:45 am

    This is a wonderful idea. The soldiers certainly need love from back home and what better way than cookies.

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    PS_Iloveyou — January 18, 2011 at 12:24 am

    This is the first time I’d heard of the Baking GALS. I went and signed up!

    Thanks!

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