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How long for pie crust dough to thaw?

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My husband wants Chicken Pot Pie for dinner. I was just about to prepare the crust when I realized I have one, shaped into a disc, in the freezer. I was planning to put the pie in the oven in about three hours. Is that enough time to thaw an almost two inch thick disc of dough? And, is it even recommended to thaw dough on the counter, or will it mess with integrity of the dough (vs. slow thawing in the fridge)? I already have my cubed butter frozen and my ingredients and equipment on the counter to make a new crust...at this hour, is that my best bet?

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  1. I thawed some on the counter just two nights ago - it took about 45 minutes, I think. You want it cold anyway - once it softens up a bit you can beat it with your rolling pin to speed the process. However, if you already have the stuff ready to make a crust, you might as well make one and save the frozen stuff for when you're really in a pinch.

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    1. re: biondanonima

      I also defrost pie dough (lard-based) on the counter. Doesn't take long at all.

    2. Great! Thanks for the feedback...it will save me time (and cleaning).