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93% would make again

Pie Crust

by Pierce Abernathy, Jacqueline Tris and Claire Kingfeatured in The Perfect Pie

Ingredients

for 8 servings

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (250 g), plus more for dusting
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 1/4 sticks, diced and chilled
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons ice water

Nutrition Info

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    Calories 312
    Fat 20g
    Carbs 27g
    Fiber 0g
    Sugar 0g
    Protein 5g

Estimated values based on one serving size.

Preparation

  1. Sift the flour and salt together into a large bowl.
  2. Using only your fingertips, pinch the cubes of butter into the flour, breaking up the butter as you go, until no large lumps remain. Shake the bowl to force the large chunks of butter to the surface. If you have warm hands or this is taking too long, you can chill the bowl into the refrigerator for 20 minutes to cool back down--you don’t want this to be greasy at all!
  3. Mix the egg yolks and ice water together in a small bowl with a fork until evenly combined.
  4. Add the liquid to the flour mixture, reserving ¼ or so in case you don’t need all of it--you don’t want the pastry to be too wet. Quickly mix everything together with a dinner fork until the dough just starts to come together. Add more liquid to the driest parts of the dough if needed. The dough is ready when it holds together in a ball when squeezed in your palm.
  5. Transfer the dough to a clean work surface and bring the dough together. You don’t want to overwork the dough, but you need to work it enough that it is a cohesive disc with no real cracks or very dry bits.
  6. Wrap the dough disc in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. The dough can sit in the fridge for up to 4 days, otherwise double wrap in plastic or in a zip top bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  7. Lightly flour your work surface and unwrap a disc of chilled dough. Flour the top of the dough. Using a rolling pin, push down on the dough, giving it a quarter turn every few smushes, to spread the dough evenly and ensure it doesn’t stick to the surface.
  8. Start to roll out the dough, continuing to turn. If any cracks form, smush them back together. Roll out the dough to a circle about ⅛-inch (3 mm) thick.
  9. Enjoy!