Learn The Three Steps To Perfect Pie Dough With This Video

When it comes to pie, the crust will make or break your baked treat. This video demonstrates three simple tricks you can use to ensure that your pie dough bakes into the perfect balance of chewy and flaky.

Baking a pie from scratch can be daunting, but in this video from the America’s Test Kitchen YouTube channel, chef Ashley Moore will show you how easy achieving the perfect pie crust really is. It all comes down to three easy tricks:

  1. Use a perfect balance of butter and shortening (you may have to tweak things to fit your preference).
  2. Put one cup of your recipe’s flour to the side. Mix the butter and shortening with the remaining flour, then mix in the cup you set aside afterward.
  3. Use vodka instead of water to avoid tough, leathery crust.

Vodka works so well because it’s comprised of 60% water and 40% ethanol, and less water means less gluten to toughen up your crust. Keep in mind, however, while most of the alcoholic content will burn off in the baking process, this still should be avoided if you have any alcohol allergies or intolerance. Use these tips and you’ll be ready to take on your holiday pies without fear.

90-Second Chef: Perfect Pie-Dough [YouTube]


  • It’s not the best base, not even close. As described it is going to be weakened, absorb too much gravy and turn into a soggy mess. When you go to pick it up all that tender tasty meat will drop out.

    You really need that egg in the shortcrust base, plus whack it in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before baking to prevent shrinkage. Skip the vodka it will weaken the base too much. Lastly blind bake the base before adding the meat, gravy, cheese cubes and finally puff over the top.

    That’s the best way to make a proper tasty pie. What Patrick seems to be describing is how to make a fruit tart instead.

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