Extra Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

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The idea of "newer better" is continually going to be relative, and no more so than in this recipe. For the majority of the years I've been cooking, I've made pie dough one way. My recipe isn't an exception; it contains indistinguishable ingredient proportions from 99% of American-style pie outside recipe out there. There may be varieties in kinds of fats, favored flours, once in a while there's a little buttermilk or apple juice vinegar rather than a portion of the water or somewhat more or less sugar and salt, however they're practically all a similar proportion of fat to flour to water. It makes an incredible pie outside layer. Here's the place the relativity comes in: If you make pie crusts the manner in which I've long made pie outsides and you're content with these pies, quit perusing now. There's not a lot of interest here! This isn't for you! This is for individuals who have attempted that genuinely standard recipe and thought that it was deficient. Somewhat extreme. Not sufficiently flaky. It comes up! I'm listening.


So we should discuss what that last one percent of pie doughs do any other way. It's not the butter or the fluid; all things considered, these formulas utilize a similar sum. It's the flour — they utilize less. In case you're considering, "yet on the off chance that you utilize less flour and a similar measure of butter and water, the mixture may be stickier and harder to work with?" — you are right. I started trying out these lighter-on-the-flour doughs a couple of years back and discovered them somewhat troublesome and in case that is no joke "bothersome" is grinned through gritted teeth, well, you are right once more. What's more, I feel truly great with margarine flour mixtures! I don't get this' meaning for individuals who don't? Given that creation pie dough at all starting with no outside help is notwithstanding for the absolute most gifted home cooks an obstacle they don't wish to surmount (hello mother!), why propose a trickier formula? Why raise the obstacle? (Why download DuoLingo and begin with Russian, Deb? Ahem, I diverge.)


This is on the grounds that it's justified, despite all the trouble. This is the croissant-flaky pie mixture of dreams. In the event that my eyes were shut, I would not realize that I wasn't gnawing into puff baked good, which breaks into a large number of featherweight-yet fresh shards on effect. It's obviously flakier, yet additionally obviously it is: less flour implies less weight, less thickness. What's more, truly, it softens up somewhat quicker. You'll require more flour to keep it free from the counter when moving it out. A bit of collapsing improves structure and expands the development of flaky layers. These were little changes I needed to make to get its hang however it's totally justified, despite all the trouble since you complete this when you're:

And this.

Also this.

What's more, you made this with your hands! It took 5 minutes to collect and 5 minutes to roll out. You did this. You're stunning. Truly, I generally realized you had it in you.


  • 2 cups (260 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon (15 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea or table salt
  • 1 cup (230 grams, 8 ounces, or 16 tablespoons) cold, unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup (120 grams) very cold water


  • Put your flour, sugar, and salt in a vast bowl and race to join. Cut your butter into little solid shapes (1/2-inch is perfect here) and include them into the flour blend. Hurl them around with the goal that they're covered and utilized your fingers to squash each spread solid shape into compliment, lima-bean like pieces. It's thoroughly fine if this is greater than you're utilized to.
  • [You could likewise utilize a pastry blender, stand mixer, or a food processor, however go extremely simple on it, particularly the nourishment processor — you need level ish, lima bean-sized bits of spread, not the standard thing "coarse meal" or "little pea-sized" mixture. In the event that utilizing a food processor, when you're set, dump this butter flour mixture into an extensive bowl before continuing.]
  • Pour water over butter flour mixture and utilize an adaptable silicone spatula or scrubber to unite it into a mixture that will appear to be excessively wet and sticky, however will be okay. Partition batter into two sections, and wrap every half into level ish bundles enveloped by plastic, waxed or parchment paper.
  • Chill in the refrigerator until firm — one to two hours.
  • Unwrap first packet of dough, place on an all around floured counter, sprinkle the top liberally with flour, and fold it out into a thick-ish long square shape. Forget about abundance flour off mixture with your hands and overlay it as you would a business letter, into thirds. Keep on folding this parcel into the shape required for your last pie — appeared 10×15-inch, yet a 14-inch round is the typical size for a standard pie crust.