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:
- Use a perfect balance of butter and shortening (you may have to tweak things to fit your preference).
- 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.
- 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]