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rice_chex Feb 25, 2012 10:48 PM

So, I tried to halve a pie dough recipe, but idiotically neglected to halve the water. I now have a soggy lump hanging out in my freezer, but I don't want to toss it out! Is there anything I can do with it?

  1. k
    Kelli2006 Feb 25, 2012 11:05 PM

    You can add some flour and bring it back to useability. You can make a sugar pie with it, or you can also make simple round cookies with it.

    1. ipsedixit Feb 26, 2012 12:17 PM

      Add more flour and make biscuits.

      1. sunshine842 Feb 26, 2012 12:40 PM

        I think I'd mutter a few oaths under my breath and toss it. working in more flour is going to give the gluten in the flour that's already there a pretty good workout, which is *not* conducive to a tender, flaky crust.

        You've got a few pennies invested in flour and shortening...cut your losses and start over.

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        1. re: sunshine842
          roxlet Feb 26, 2012 12:43 PM

          I'm with you, sunshine. Why throw good ingredients after bad? The key to a good pie crust is working it as little as possible, which would be impossible were you to try to add more flour to the dough.

          1. re: roxlet
            ipsedixit Feb 26, 2012 12:52 PM

            This is why it can be repurposed for biscuits.

            1. re: ipsedixit
              roxlet Feb 26, 2012 12:55 PM

              Well, for me, biscuits take as little handling as pie crust does -- maybe even less -- so I wouldn't use this wet dough for biscuits unless you're talking about beaten biscuits.

              1. re: roxlet
                sunshine842 Feb 26, 2012 01:48 PM

                yup.

                1. re: sunshine842
                  r
                  rice_chex Feb 27, 2012 10:13 AM

                  thanks for your tips, guys! I agree that biscuits would've been too risky -- probably would not have turned out either.

                  what I ended up doing was making a version of Dorie's mustard batons: http://doriegreenspan.com/2010/09/fre...

                  after cutting into strips, I brushed them with an egg wash and sprinkled each piece with poppy and sesame seeds, and then twisted them up and baked them. they were well received at my oscar viewing party, and no one was the wiser...

                  1. re: rice_chex
                    roxlet Feb 28, 2012 03:24 PM

                    Good save!

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