Stop avoiding the issue. Stop looking for miracle recipes. Pie pastry is not beyond you. Just like life, it is mostly a matter of how you handle it…
So let’s get started.
As soon as I got my first food processor( I’m on my fourth!) I figured out how to make pie pastry in it. You can do it by hand. It just takes longer.
Basic Recipe-Food Processor Pastry
This recipe makes enough for a double crust pie or two or three singles.
2 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup lard (yes I know!- the pig doesn’t like it either!)
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup ice water
Place flour, salt and shortening in food processor. Process only until mix forms course crumbs. Add the water. Mix only until a ball of dough forms around the blade.
Remove and press by hand into two balls.
Lightly flour your roll-out-pie pastry area. Roll first dough ball into desired size. Place in pan and trim edge.
DO NOT add these leftover bits to the other ball of pastry. Roll the second ball of dough out on its own.
When all you have left are little bits? THEN you may mix them together and roll them out for a smaller pie, or tarts.
1. It is the mixing of leftovers with new pastry that makes tough chewing.
2. Lightly grease the bottom of the pie pan. This helps cook the bottom crust.
3. Eat with a clear conscience. It’s not like you are making pie every day!
Brenda J. Wood