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Follow this video to make sure you're taking the right steps to perfect pie crust. Our biggest takeaway? Don't overwork the dough. Warm butter = hard to handle dough.
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Making pie—or at least making pie crusts—can be pretty intimidating if you’ve never baked before, enough that you might just run out and buy a premade crust. You don’t have to: You can get a super flaky pie crust with four ingredients and no special equipment, and Bon Appetit shows us how.
The video above tells the tale, but the process only takes ten minutes, and ingredients list is easy enough: One cup plus two tablespoons of all-purpose flour, one teaspoon of granulated sugar, half a teaspoon of salt, and one stick of cold butter. Toss the dry ingredients together, then cut up the butter and toss the pieces with the flour mixture. Spread it all out onto a cookie sheet or countertop, grab a rolling pin (or something you can use to roll the dough out with) and get to work. It’ll take a few minutes, but it’ll come together nicely, and in the video they even use huge chunks of butter in the process.
You’ll also need three tablespoons of ice water after you have a kind of combination of sheets of floured butter and your flour mixture. Take your mixture, transfer it to a bowl, and then drizzle over the ice water. Mix some more with your hands, then roll it all out until it comes together. They suggest using a bench scraper for this (which we absolutely love) to make it much easier to work. When you’re done and it’s holding together, you’ll have an amazingly flaky crust once it bakes up. Hit play on the video above to see the whole process in action, or the link below to check out the video on YouTube.
How to Make the Flakiest Pie Crust | Bon Appétit (YouTube)
This article was written by Alan Henry from Lifehacker and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.