I tried her recipe, substituting in some whole wheat flour. It did not go as well. So, like with almost all the recipes I use, I started to fiddle with it. Now, after the third try, I have what works for me. We eat a lot of quiche around here and when I need a dessert for something, I usually make a pie since I have a lot of fruit in my freezer. I make a large batch every time so I don't have to do it as often.
My Pie Crust (adapted from my mom's recipe)
Note: I go into quite a bit of detail here, in hopes that if this is your first time making crust, the process will be clear. If it's not clear, ask me a question through a comment and I will try to clarify. This recipe makes 11 pie crusts.
7 cups white flour
3 cups whole wheat flour
3 1/4 cup butter flavored shortening (OR 1 cup shortening and 1 1/2 cup butter)
2 tbsp. sugar
4 tsp. salt
2 tbsp. vinegar
1 cup water
11 pie plates (the aluminum disposable ones work fine)
In the bowl of your electric mixer, blend the flours, shortening, sugar and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the vinegar, eggs and 3/4 cup water together. Slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry, mixing well and adding the last 1/4 cup water if needed. The dough should be on the wet side, but because of the shortening, not be too sticky to work with.
Remove a piece of dough, a little bit bigger than the size of your fist, and roll it out onto a floured surface with a floured rolling pin. Depending on how this first one goes, you may find you need to add a little more water or a little more flour. Roll the dough into a circle larger than your pie plate. The dough should be about 1/4 inch thick. Add more dough and re-roll if your circle is not big enough. If your dough seems really soft and you are having a hard time, try putting it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and try again.
Using a flat, metal spatula that you've dipped in flour, loosen the circle from the counter. Fold half of the circle over and onto the other half and transfer to the pie plate. Then open it back up. Starting at the center of the pie plate, gently press the crust down and up the sides, releasing any air pockets. This dough is very forgiving. If your circle isn't quite the right shape, or if you have a tear, just pull off a little more dough from the bowl and patch it- no one will know:-).
Next, trim off any extra crust with and knife and crimp the edges. Repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat...until you can bear looking at pie crust no longer.
To freeze, I stack my pie plates about 5 high with a piece of wax paper between each of them. Then, I insert my stack into a large plastic bag and close it with a twisty-tie. Grocery store produce bags work well if you have any. I reuse my plastic bags and wax paper each time.
To defrost, just set the pie crust out on the counter for about 15 minutes and it's ready to be filled and baked.
Now, if you think my children were off playing quietly while I was in the kitchen, you are sorely mistaken. They required A LOT of verbal direction from the kitchen (sometimes accompanied with a time-out). "Sam, PLEASE stop yelling at Sadie." "Sadie, do not bite Sam." "Sam, Sadie doesn't want to be a pirate right now, leave her be." "Sadie, we do NOT pee on the magnadoodle." So much for an accident-free day. And on and on it went.
There were some quiet moments. A few weeks ago at the beach, Sam and Sadie's cousins introduced them to perler beads. At the cabin last weekend, their Grandma gave Sam a tub of the beads. It is his favorite new pastime (Thank you, Grandma!!). Sadie likes to play with them, too, but this usually means she digs her little hand into the tub of beads and whirls them around, some spilling onto the floor. Here are some of Sam's creations. The square one he calls "the quilt". That's my boy!
The highlight of the morning was the play they put on for me. I was called into the playroom where Sam introduced the play by saying, "Sadie is the pirate queen and I am a prisoner". He then proceeded to stand on the arm of the couch. Sadie pushed him off and he landed (very dramatically) into a pile of couch cushions and pillows, a.k.a "the sea". Act II came when Sadie announced, "Sadie's nurn!". She became the prisoner and Sam, the pirate king. Pin It