Pie Crust

This pie crust recipe from our online editor, Kristen Aiken, is used to make Grandma Friendship's Raisin Pie.

  • Yield: Makes enough for one 9-inch pie
Pie Crust

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, May 2009

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (2 sticks), plus 2 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup ice water, plus more if needed

Directions

  1. To make dough by hand: Sift flour and salt onto work surface. Using your fingertips, mix butter very quickly into flour mixture until crumbly. Form a well in the center and add water. Using a bench scraper, quickly incorporate water into dough, taking care not to overwork the dough. Add more water if dough seems too dry.

  2. To make dough using a food processor: In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together flour and salt. Add butter and mix until it resembles a coarse meal. With the machine running, slowly add water and process until a dough comes together. Add more water if dough seems too dry.

  3. Break dough into walnut-sized pieces and, one at a time, flatten each piece against your work surface with the heel of your hand (this creates flaky layers of butter inside the crust). Reincorporate dough into two equal size balls and flatten into disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour before rolling out.

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