Every baker needs the perfect pie crust recipe in their repertoire. Whether for a delicious sweet dessert pie or a savory chicken pot pie for dinner. A good pie crust recipe is a must.
The Perfect Balance
For me this crust recipe is the perfect balance between the richness and flavor of a butter crust and the beautiful flakiness of a shortening crust. It is also very quick and easy. Using a food processor instead of cutting the butter & shortening in by hand makes for a simple and quick crust. It has the added benefit of being a more even texture so it is better suited to working into fancy details like lattice and intricate patterned crusts.
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My perfect pie crust recipe holds up well to the extensive handling needed to create those super fancy decorative pies you see all over Pinterest. It’s even, smooth texture is just right for all the fancy details and is still a lovely, buttery flavor and that delicious flakey texture we covet in pie crusts.
Tips for Best Perfect Pie Crust Recipe Results
It’s best to make this crust at least a few hours ahead and chill in thoroughly in the fridge before using it. You can even make a day ahead as a time saver. This crust also freezes well so you can make big batches ahead of time or freeze left overs as needed.
Another trick is to put the butter and shortening in the freezer for 20 minutes before blending into the flour. This really helps make a lovely flaky crust.
Use ice water. Keeping the ingredients as cold as possible is what produces the best flaky crust. When your butter and shortening don’t get soft or melted into the flour before baking it allows those lovely flakey layers to develop instead of being a tough, dense crust.
Delicious Pie Filling Recipe
I also have a fantastic apple huckleberry pie filling recipe here >>> Apple Huckleberry Pie Filling<<< It’s my all time favorite pie! We have a ton of wild huckleberries in my area and I have made it a tradition to go pick as many as I can in the fall and fill my freezer for the year. We also get luscious wild blackberries which are also perfect in the recipe in place of the huckleberries. If you have never had apple blackberry or apple huckleberry pie you really NEED to try my recipe! I promise you will be in love just like I am!
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Happy pie making Sweet Friends!
Have A Sweet Day!