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Standard Flaky Pie Crust - really not that hard?

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Standard Flaky Pie Crust - really not that hard?

wawajb | Jan 5, 2007 05:02 PM

Not sure if this belongs here or in general topics, but here goes.

Maybe I'm crazy, but can someone explain to me why everybody talks about pie crust as if it's difficult to make? I've been 'making pie' since I was about 3 years old and my dad let me 'help', and i've never had a complete pie crust failure (I make my own pie now btw). I've tweaked my recipie and technique over time (all butter and into the fridge at every opportunity) and of course it's gotten better, and more consistent from pie to pie, but I've never made a crust that didn't beat a pre-made store bought crust hands down.

Now of course I'm not claiming that I make AMAZING pie crust, but it's pretty darn good and mostly, it's EASY. So what gives? Why does pie crust get talked about like it some holy grail of baking? Am I missing something here? Does my crust have whole new levels of greatness it could achieve if only I was willing to work for them? Or does it have more to do with the pie lore handed down for generations, mistly memories of grandma's pie clouding your judgement? Anyone have an insight here?

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