Have you been looking for Detailed Instructions on How to Make Pie Dough? If you have always been intimidated by pie dough, don’t be! I promise I will do everything I can to break it down and make it easier to try! Once you get the basics down, it is really easy. In fact, I can make my pie dough in under 5 minutes. Yes, it’s that fast. It makes the best pie crust!
Another really great thing about this recipe is it a partial wheat crust. If you haven’t tried making pie dough with whole wheat, don’t worry, it tastes amazing and is so flaky!! I promise you will love it.
What tools do you use for making pie dough? Let me share 3 options that work really well. The first is a food processor. I use a Cuisinart Food Processor. It is one of my kitchen workhorses, and I use it constantly. It makes really quick work on a batch of pie dough. The second is a pastry cutter. This is a really good option if you love aren’t ready to make the food processor purchase yet. The pastry cutter works really well and it is such an inexpensive option! The 3rd option and one pie purist use is….your hands. Yes, only your hands. I rarely use this method, I like to work a little faster than that, but it also produces amazing results!
Here are a few things to know before you get started. These Detailed Instructions On How To Make Pie Dough are so important but also simple to follow. Make sure and read through them all. Again, it seems like a lot to learn, but once you get the basics, you will be making pie dough in your sleep!! 🙂
Okay, with the basics out of the way, let’s get mixing. Start with your dry ingredients in the food processor or bowl you will be working with. In a traditional pie dough, this is only flour and salt.
Next, add in your butter. You can see it is in pretty big chunks. They should only be this big if you are using the food processor. The reason for this is the food processor cuts that butter up super fast. If it is too small, to begin with, it will be nothing by the time you mix. If you are mixing with the pastry cutter or your hands, you will want to start with chunks a little smaller than this. I like the butter so cold, I will cut it into chunks, then place it in the freezer while I am working on the rest of it.
Pulse this several times. You still want to maintain pretty good-sized chunks as you will mix again after you add the ice water. In the photo below you can see what my chunks look like.
Add in your iced water. Now, the water is a variable. It depends on your climate, how dry your home is, etc. I will give you a range to try. Start with the smallest measurement listed, then add another tablespoon or 2 as needed.
I don’t like to mix it more than a few pulses, as the food processor can break the butter up too much. The way to tell if you have added enough water is to pinch the dough between your thumb and forefinger. If it sticks together, it is good!
Place on your surface.
Press the dough into a log. Can you see those chunks of butter? That is what you are looking for!
Now, divide the dough in half. This will be your top and bottom pie crust.
Wrap these well and they go right into the fridge. You can also freeze this dough for up to one month. Just make sure it is wrapped well so it won’t take on the tastes in your freezer.
Now, once your pie dough has been chilled, it is ready to go. This is where the hardest part of the process comes in. What to make with your dough. Should you go savory? Sweet? Round pie? Slab Pie? Hand pies? The possibilities are endless. I will share a few of my recent favorites!
We also really love this Chocolate Pecan Pie. It is one of my husband’s favorites. Or…Who am I kidding, he loved every pie I make and each one is his favorite:).