Marissa’s Pie Crust

Here she is again. Popping up where you least expect her, Marissa. Half a world away and she’s still a wonderful active contributor to the blog. This crust is yum and pretty much (you thought I wouldn’t say it but I kind of have to) easy as pie. We used it for our pumpkin pie but you can choose any filling you like.

Ingredients:

1 and 1/2 cups flour
1 and 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup butter (not hard, but not too soft because that makes the dough hard to work with)
1 cup cold water

Directions: First mix salt and flour. You know you want to so just do it. Cut the butta into the flour with two knives until it turns into crumbles. Now when I say cut, it isn’t in the “I’ll cut you” kind of low budget mexican ganster film way. We just use butter knives here. Although pictured is a bad-ass kitchen implement if you’re doing a lot of baking. She’s called a pastry cutter, and this one’s named Cassandra.

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Then pour the water into the dry ingredients and get your hands in there! Marissa says, “I like to start mixing with one of the knifes or a spoon, and then finish up with the dough between my fingers.”

Mix until uniform and then split into two balls (just a standard Saturday night for some of us). Wrap it up, swaddle it (if you will) in plastic wrap and put in the fridge for about an hour or so until it firms up. Marissa says, “If you don’t have time for this step, it’s not critical, but it just makes the rolling process a little easier.” I don’t know about you but when it’s firmed up the rolling process is always easier.

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When that puppy’s good and firm, roll it out on a floured surface and get your pie on! Grease the pie pan.

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Once you’ve got it big enough for the pie pan you can use a simple trick to get it in there. Roll the dough up onto the rolling pin, drape it over the pan and unroll it. Now crimp the edges like it aint no thang and viola, you’s a masterbaker!

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We filled it with a secret concoction of pumpkin pie-ish stuff. You can fill it with pretty much what ever you want: meat, fruits, and if you like Stephen Sondheim you can fill it with people who’ve done you wrong in the past…

Enjoy.

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