Preparation Time - 15 Minutes
Preparation Method - Food Processor

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Basic Pie Crust

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You can reuse the beans or rice you weighted the dough with. Simply place them in a container with a label indicating they are pie crust weights.

Kagar K. | January 1st, 2024

Ingredients are for 1 Pie Crust
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1/2 cup Unsalted Butter » well chilled
1 large Egg yolk
5 tablespoon Water » ice cold
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour » unbleached
Prep Time Process Time Overall Time
15 Minutes 15 Minutes 30 minutes
Before baking, preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C / Gas Mark 6

1. Cut the butter into tablespoon size pieces.

2. Put in a food processor and chop by pulsing the machine on and off about 6 times.

3. Add the egg yolk, water and salt.

4. Process until the ingredients are mixed, about 5 seconds.

5. The butter should still be in little pieces.

6. Add the flour and process just until the ingredients begin to clump together.

7. Stop processing before a ball forms.

8. Transfer the dough to a large plastic bag.

9. Working through the bag, press the dough into a ball, then flatten into a disc, about 9 inches wide.

10. If you are using the dough right away, it must be chilled.

11. Place it in the refrigerator or freezer just until it is firm but not hard.

12. The dough can also be refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen.

13. Let it stand at room temperature until softened enough to roll without splitting.

14. 15 minutes before baking, place the rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F.

15. Roll the dough on a floured board to a circle about 1/8 inch to 1/16 inch thick.

16. Lift the dough several times and brush the board with flour to keep the dough from sticking.

17. Lightly fold the dough in half, then in quarters. Lift to the pie plate or tart pan and position it with the point in the center.

18. Unfold and ease it into the bottom and sides of the pan.

19. Do not stretch the dough.

20. Fold the overlap so there is a double thickness of dough around the sides.

21. Crimp the edge to make a decorative border.

22. Prick the dough with a fork at random spots, so steam can escape.

23. Refrigerate or freeze briefly, to firm the dough.

24. For a pre-baked shell, line the pastry with aluminum foil and fill the foil with dried beans or rice to weight the pastry.

25. Bake for 14 minutes.

26. Remove the foil with the beans or rice.

27. Prick pastry again, and bake until it is lightly colored, about 10 to 14 minutes longer.

28. Cool on a wire rack before filling with your favorite ingredients.

Submitted by Kagar K. | January 1st, 2024 See all of Kagar K.'s Recipes.

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@Kagar K. | January 1st, 2024
You can reuse the beans or rice you weighted the dough with. Simply place them in a container with a label indicating they are pie crust weights.

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