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Pie Crust Question

jbenson Nov 23, 2010 09:40 AM

Okay two questions:
1. For a 2 crust butter pie crust should I use shortening AND butter or one or the other?
2. Can I make the crust the day before and refrigerate it and roll it out the day of?

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  1. roxlet RE: jbenson Nov 23, 2010 09:48 AM

    Yes, to #!. 3 cups of flour, tablespoon of sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 4 oz. flour, 4 oz crisco, ice water.
    Yes to #2

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      greygarious RE: roxlet Nov 23, 2010 10:05 AM

      I'll second roxlet on making the crust the day before and refrigerating. Let it sit on the counter ofr 10-15 min before rolling.

      Disagree on the fat. I prefer all butter for flavor. Shortening is easier and helps with texture, but personally I would want either all butter or half butter, half shortening - never all shortening.
      Butter/lard or all lard are also better than shortening, IMO.

      1. re: greygarious
        chowser RE: greygarious Nov 23, 2010 10:33 AM

        I agree w/ greygarious--I prefer all butter and would refrigerate overnight. Lard is good but it's harder to get good lard.

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          Becca Porter RE: greygarious Nov 23, 2010 11:31 AM

          I sometimes do all butter, and I sometimes do both. I think it depends on the filling. All butter certainly tastes better, but if the filling is really rich sometimes I prefer a combo.

          1. re: greygarious
            roxlet RE: greygarious Nov 23, 2010 11:33 AM

            We can agree to disagree, and everyone does when it comes to pie crust. I feel that shortening makes the pie crust more tender, but that you need butter for flavor.

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          redwood2bay RE: jbenson Nov 23, 2010 10:55 AM

          1. Yes. This is my usual pie crust. Shortening for texture and butter for flavor.
          2. Yes. Sometimes the crust is better if it's ripened a little.

          Good luck!

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            jbenson RE: jbenson Nov 23, 2010 01:49 PM

            Yay! Thank you all for your repsonses, you have helped me GREATLY!!

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