As I was browsing instructables yesterday, I discovered that there wasn't a pie crust recipe on the site that didn't use lard or shortening. The only one that did used vodka, and living in Saudi Arabia, vodka is kind of hard to get. So In this instructable, I'll teach you how to make a simple pie crust using butter. (Recipe originally from chow.com)
Makes one singe pie crust.
Step 1: Ingredients
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
8 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into small pieces
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water
Step 2: Mixing
Mix the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl (or with an electric mixer) and stir until the mixture is well mixed. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until it’s in small pieces that are a little yellow in color, for about 4 or 5 minutes. I needed to use a pastry blender for this, the electric mixer won't cut it. (Pardon the pun)
Step 3: Adding the Water
Mix in 4 of the 5 tablespoons of the ice water and mix just until the dough comes together. (Add the last tablespoon of ice water if necessary, but don’t overwork the dough or it’ll become tough.) You can make many batches of this at one time, I make somewhere around 4 and freeze the dough.
Step 4: Rolling
Roll the dough out into a flat disk, then refrigerate the dough for at least 30 minutes.
Step 5: Baking
When you bake the crust, you should bake it at 375 degrees on convection bake, or 400 on the regular baking setting.