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Pie crust solution

roxlet | May 6, 200806:53 AM

Pies are one of my specialties, and I am frequently asked by friends to teach them to make pie crust, something that seems to give a lot of people fits. I have made pie crust many ways (including in the food processor per Julia Child's method in The Way To Cook), but I usually find myself with a pastry cutter and a bowl instead since I'm usually too lazy to drag out the food processor. The hardest part of making pie dough (in my opinion) is adding the ice water. It is hard to sprinkle it evenly and I find that most people just want to dump it in. Adding the right amount of water is crucial to being able to roll out the crust after it's rested, and I finally arrived at a great solution. On the Vermont Country Store web site they sell old-fashioned laundry sprinkler bottles. Fill one with required amount of ice water, and sprinkle as you move the dough around the bowl. The water is much more evenly distributed throughout by using this method...

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