Ready-made pie pastry dough - where ?
I don't want to buy supermarket frozen ones. Does Whole Foods, Urban Fare or other "better" bakeries sell foolproof ones on daily basis (ie: not frozen, or maybe recently frozen) ?
I'M NOT A BAKER so I need all the help I can get to make it to a special event where pies are involved. Thanks !
I'm not aware of any shops which sell fresh pastry. Frankly, I don't think that non-frozen pastry would survive some bus trips back home. The key to flaky pastry is the cold bits of fat (butter, lard, etc), which melt during cooking, leaving the air pockets which make the "flakes."
Gourmet Warehouse has frozen pastry. I use the puff, so haven't really looked for "regular" flaky pastry. Additionally, WF carries frozen pie shells.
ETA, I have used the Pillsbury branded refrigerated pre-rolled pastry rounds, and found them acceptable in many applications. Have you tried them yet?
ps - I think you go to BLI pretty often - so it's very common in the generic supermarkets down there in the Pillsbury section - and it keeps a while in fridge if you're on a pie making bender ; )
(I speak from experience - I usually get some recipe in my mind and make it repeatedly til I finally feed it to the crows ; )
there are the refrig ones (rolled up in a long box) - I think they are Pillsbury brand - look near all those other Pillsbury products (buns and cookies) in the refrig of your local supermarket
the box is blue and long and skinny - I think it's pretty good product esp considering the convenience and messy flour all over your kitchen - and I can make decent pastry but don't do it very often these days.