Making pie crust can be really scary for some people. That is why I wanted to share just how easy it can be by making Perfect Pie Crust in your Blender! No fuss. No hassle. Just pure perfection!
So here's the deal. Apple pie is my thing. It hasn't always been though. It has come a long way, that's for sure. Let's see - I grew up eating frozen Sara Lee apple pies for Thanksgiving. While there's totally nothing wrong with that, I'm sorry, but I don't can't taste even once tiny ounce of love that may have been put into it. The very first time I made apple pie from scratch was about 8 years ago, and I was so nervous serving it to my family. Were they going to like it? Was it going to meet their expectations since they were used to Ms. Lee serving Thanksgiving pie every year?
Really, I just needed to hear what my dad had to say about it.
So I plated up my first from-scratch, lattice-topped, caramel-y apple pie and handed it out to everyone. And just waited.
Everyone had dispersed themselves to random places in the house. Some to the front room. Some standing in the kitchen. And my dad up in the loft watching football. Everyone mmm-ing through their bites was a great indicator so far. And then I hear it.
"This is better than any Sara Lee pie I've had," coming down from my dad.
So from then on, every year, I have been making apple pie from scratch. Changes here and there in both the recipe and technique. And the last time around, I made quite the change in my crust technique. When it was time to put my work to the test, the praises were coming from my wife this time as she told me this was the best crust I've made thus far, and she doesn't even like pie crust (which is quite baffling if you ask me!).
So I decided to put together a quick little video to show you just how easy it is to make pie crust from scratch at home.
And here are a few little tips/instructions on rolling out the dough:
1. Flour your work-surface generously before placing the dough down on it. Also flour your rolling pin.
2. In order to keep a circle-ish shape to your dough, roll in alternate directions. Away from you, toward you, to the left, to the right, diagonally each way, and then start over until you reach the desired size.
3. Roll your dough pretty thin, about ¼"
4. Place your pie pan lightly on top of the rolled out dough to be sure it's big enough. You'll want it to be about 1 inch larger than the pan all around.
5. Once your dough is rolled out, use your floured rolling pin to roll the dough up onto it. Then gently and quickly, pick it up and place it so the edge is all the way over to one side of the pan and then roll it out so it lays gently over the pan.
6. Pick up each edge gently and be sure the crust sits all the way down into the bottom corners of the pan before laying it back down.
7. Trim or tuck in the edges and make pretty either by crimping with your fingers or pressing a fork around the edges. You are now ready to fill and bake your pie.
I hope you're inspired to make your own pie crust for your homemade pies this year for the holidays.
If you're looking for a vegan version of this pie crust, here's where you can find all the magic!
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 ⁄2 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 5 Tablespoons cold vegan butter , cut into pieces
- 3 Tablespoons ice-cold water
- 1 Tablespoon cold vinegar
- Add flour, salt, sugar, and butter to the Twister jar of your Blendtec blender. Place and hold Twister lid on jar, then press "Pulse" 10-12 times until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Add water and vinegar. Replace Twister lid and hold, pressing "Pulse 8-10 times until dough is formed, turning Twister lid counterclockwise during blending. Do not overblend.
- Remove dough and pat into a smooth disc. Wrap disc in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours before rolling out dough.