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Nov 19, 2012 02:18 PM

Cook's Illustr. pie dough recipe with vodka

I am wondering if anyone has tried CI's Foolproof Pie Dough that's made with vodka? Is it easy to work with and do you think the quality of vodka matters?

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  1. Yes to your first and second questions, no to the third.

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    1. re: greygarious

      Thank you! Just the answers I was hoping for!
      Off to make a practice pie!

      1. re: greygarious

        +1. Yes to first, no to second. Save the good vodka to drink

      2. My Mom started making this dough last year for her pies. It's really good!
        And yes, I believe she saves the good vodka for me.

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        1. re: rabaja

          rabaja, lol, that's just what my daughter said to me.

        2. I've got to mention that I actually prefer the new recipe created by the guy who created the vodka crust. It is simple and outstanding.

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          1. re: Becca Porter

            Becca, very interesting link. Thanks.

            1. re: Becca Porter

              Thanks so much for posting the article from Serious Eats. I had never bothered with the vodka crust because I've never have trouble with a standard all butter crust, but that article persuaded me to try something new. It was great!!!

              1. re: vicarious

                I combine the two, use his food processor method and vodka in place of some water. One thing with the vodka recipe - the dough is VERY soft, so it can literally fall apart when lifting it into the pie. I cut back some on the liquid.

              2. re: Becca Porter

                I used this recipe(the non vodka one) from Serious Eats for Thanksgiving pies this year and I highly recommend it. Easy to work with and flaky. I made the vodka one a couple of years ago and it was very soft and harder to handle. I prefer this one.

              3. The vodka crust is great!

                Use whatever you have on hand, but if you are buying some for the occasion, choose either a nip of the cheapest or a bottle of something drinkable.

                1. I liked the vodka recipe well enough, but have since decided that it isn't necessary. Kenji's new method is better, with one change: I use my kitchenaid rather than the processor.