Learn how to make a simple, fool-proof pie crust that will go with whatever your heart desires
Pie makes me instantaneously happy, whether it is sweet or savoury, I just can’t help but smile when I’m making one. They are incredibly versatile, you can have them for breakfast – Quiche! For lunch or dinner – Savoury pie ! And of course, for dessert – apple pie, blueberry pie, lemon meringue, rhubarb and peach crumble, you name it … if you can imagine it, you can make it with this base [can you feel my excitement?]
The biggest challenge that most face when attempting to make pie is the dough. But with this recipe, ain’t a problem. You see, a good crust can either make your realisation come true, or break it for you.
I don’t know about you but I kind of got tired of all the okayish pie dough (and recipes!) out there and started demanding a bullet proof, versatile and truly minimalist pie dough recipe.
After a little research and practice I settled on this recipe. The French call this version “La pate sablée”, which translates to “The sandy dough”. Take a look at this picture and you’ll understand why –
This dough is as easy as they come. You will need exactly four ingredients and 20 minutes to solve the pie crust problem once and for all.
The best thing about this dough is it works for any pie you have in mind: if you’re trying to make a dessert, all you need to do is add some honey to give it a touch of sweetness… On the other hand, if you are making something like a beef pie, shepherd pie, fish pie, vegan stew pie, all you need to do is substitute the honey for a couple of pinches of salt and some thyme or rosemary or whatever herb you fancy.
Roll it up, and you’re ready to go.
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The perfect pie dough , 4 Ingredients, guaranteed success !
- 200 g of white unbleached organic flour.
- 100 g of cold organic butter.
- 1 Large egg.
- 2 Tablespoons of room temperature water.
- 1 Tablespoon of honey Optional, if you're making a sweet pie of course
- In a large bowl, cut the butter into the flour until you get a grainy texture.
- Make a well in the middle of your mixture and and add your egg and water.
- Mix in slowly, and bring the dough together. Rather than kneading, just bring it together with your hands and form a ball.
- Once that is done, wrap your dough in some film paper and store it in the fridge for about 10 mins.