Making the perfect pie dough is challenging. Sometimes it is too moist, too sticky or too dry. Well, there is a way to solve all of these problems and it entails using an unconventional pie ingredient: vodka.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, vodka will yield a better pie crust that is perfectly flaky and delicious. How does it work? The folks at America's Test Kitchen explain it all in the video below.
Essentially, it boils down to the water content in the vodka. This distilled spirit is made up of 60% water and 40% ethanol. As it bakes, the ethanol evaporates while the water provides just enough moisture to prevent the crust from getting too soggy.
The result? A fool-proof pie dough that you can use as a base to any pie. Check out the science behind this amazing pie trick and take a look at these awesome pie recipes:
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