Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Works-for-Me Wednesday (pie crust made in bulk)

Making pie from scratch is a lot of work, especially if you're making the pie crust from scratch as well, so when I do this I like to make it in bulk and freeze what I don't use for a later time. You can keep pie crust in your freezer for at least a month.

Here's the pie crust recipe that I use (you can double or triple it). It's tender, flaky, and oh so yummy!

Flaky Butter Pie Crust
(makes enough for 2 pie crusts)

7 oz (14 Tbsp) unsalted butter, cold
3 cups flour
1./2 tsp. Salt
¼ tsp. Baking powder
½ to ¾ c cold water
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Whisk the flour, salt, and baking powder together. Cut in the cold chunks of butter with a pastry cutter until pea-sized pieces form.

Combine the water and vinegar and add to dry ingredient mixture. Work the dough, quickly, by hand until it forms into a smooth ball. Break in half to form 2 smooth balls.

Flatten out each ball into a round circle for easier rolling, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm (at least an hour or overnight).

If you've made extra, be sure to double or triple wrap it before putting it in the freezer and let it thaw out in the refrigerator for at least a day before using.

Roll the first circle out thin enough to use as bottom pie crust. Roll the second circle out to be used as the top, or cut into strips to weave together.


If you'd like to share something that works for you, please leave me a comment. And be sure to link yourself over at Shannon's, the host of Works-For-Me Wednesday.


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At 12:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi! Delurking! :-)

Good idea, I like the pie. The making can be a bit tedious though... Will give it a try this weekend!

btw, great pics of Eire! ;-)I have been living here for over 6 years now, and even though the homesickness does hit every now and then, surroundings like on your pictures make me feel blessed to be living here.

Thanks for posting them too!

At 3:18 AM, Blogger Mary Ann said...

I do this too! I hate making pie crusts and am not terribly good at it yet, so I try to get my Mom to do them when she visits. Unfortunately, she comes only once a year or less, so I am getting lots of practice.:-) I also like rolling them out and putting them in the pie pans and freezing them that way, so they are ready to go. I've found that if they are wrapped up really good, they will be ok for about 3 months. Great tip!

At 5:06 AM, Blogger Beck said...

Good idea! Everyone loves pie here, but sadly, mama is lazy. Your tip means more pie in their future - thanks!

At 5:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really great idea.
I love "make-aheads".

At 5:57 AM, Blogger momof3busyboys said...

I love baking homemade pies! Great idea to make it easier.

At 6:06 AM, Blogger Amy said...

Anything I can make ahead works for me!! Thanks for the tips & recipe!

At 6:25 AM, Blogger abebech said...

Okay, even making them in bulk - how do you have time to make your own pie crusts?! :)

At 6:53 AM, Blogger T.S. Eliot said...

yummy yummy!

At 6:59 AM, Blogger Kristina at Learn2Luv2Run said...

what a great idea. i love making pies, i'll have to try this crust recipe. i love the look of your blog. very professional.

ps- thanks for visiting my site...

At 7:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe ok I may have made jam but pie crusts I have yet to tackle. You make it sound sound so easy!

At 7:26 AM, Blogger TheNormalMiddle said...

I've never made homemade pie crust... I always buy the overpriced stuff. Thank you for the tip.

At 7:37 AM, Blogger Trish said...

Ohhh I have been waiting for you to post the recipe for that wonderful looking pie you made and posted about last week.

Even though it isnt the whole pie recipe-I will take the pie crust first! I love the suspence anyway!


At 7:46 AM, Blogger Sarah said...

Mmmm, pie sounds yummy. I think I've cooked *one* pie from scratch in the 5 years that hubby and I have been married. Maybe if I made me some crusts and had them all frozen and ready to go, I would be inspired to bake a pie more often.

At 7:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good idea! I haven't ever made a has time?!?! I do good just to get dinner

At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am flattered to be added to your blog-list.

Have added you to mine too.

Have a great day!

At 9:11 AM, Blogger Catch said...

Im gonna try this pie crust......pie is my favorite desert...but we have a lady here in town who bakes so I usually just buy them from her..! lol

At 9:59 AM, Blogger Dianne said...

First of all, I'm glad to know you don't live in Ireland because I just might have to be jealous! Great pictures! Love your blog design although I have no idea what your other one looked like.

Pie crust is probably the only thing my gram did that I was never able to master. That little fat doughboy usually helps me out but I hate paying him. So maybe I'll give this one a try - love the idea of freezing them.

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Heth said...

Yummy! Pie!

(You're making me hungry....)

At 11:24 AM, Blogger Shalee said...

Oh, I need to go home and make an apple pie right now! Yummy!

Thanks for the recipe. I look forward to trying it out.

At 12:02 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hmmm.. I am sooo hungry. Love to make pies and will bookmark you and come back later. Also, love your photos of Ireland. I went last year. *big sigh*
p.s. I played

At 12:51 PM, Blogger PastormacsAnn said...

Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to try this one.

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Katrina @ Callapidder Days said...

Okay, confession. I've never made pie crust from scratch. So I'm going to print off your recipe and give it a try when I get into my usual baking frenzy this fall! Thanks!

At 1:43 PM, Blogger Sandra said...

Great idea, I've made pie crust before but definitely want to try this one :)

At 2:13 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

it does sound like a lot of work, but great idea about making extras to freeze! Sounds like a yummy crust too!

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Joy @ SAH Missionary said...

OOHH, I'm excited to try this! I love making pies, and I don't always have time to do the pie crust, so having it ahead of time would be wonderful! Susie did a really nice job on your blod...I love that girl!

At 7:08 PM, Blogger boomama said...

I'm just so impressed that you make homemade pie crusts, period. And your new look is beautiful - love the green!

At 7:13 PM, Blogger Mall Worker said...

I didn't know that you could freeze pie crusts! I usually cheat and buy ready made pies, but I think I'm going to have to try this!

At 7:19 PM, Blogger Susanne said...

I've only made pie once in my life but I'll be courageous and give this a try! Love the look of your site!

At 8:57 PM, Blogger Carole Burant said...

I always make my own pie crust and have never had any problems with it...but I will try this recipe just for a change:-)

At 9:38 PM, Blogger owlhaven said...

Great idea! Thanks for stopping by!

Mary, mom to many

At 11:01 PM, Blogger rena said...

Forget the pie....I love your new site!! Very nice...ok, don't forget the's just that I'm on weightwatchers and pies are not a core food...unless, whole wheat crust?? Hmmmmmm

At 8:30 PM, Blogger Laura said...

What a great idea! I'll have to try this someday soon (maybe for the holidays!). Thanks for visiting me!

At 8:52 PM, Blogger Granny said...

My aunt made wonderful pie crust and she swore by the vinegar too.

At 10:52 AM, Blogger Kellie said...

I will try this recipe next. My crust has an egg and my son is allergic to eggs. He is also allergic to dairy so I have just found some soy margarine. I will try it with that and let you know if it works. Thanks.


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