Have you ventured into making pie crust from scratch? We know it can be intimidating but when you really think about it, making pie crust really boils down to just four basic ingredients: flour, fat, liquid and salt.
Once you master the proper blending techniques, there's much fun to be had turning fresh fruit into irresistible pies to serve at a holiday dinner, cookout, potlucks or anytime your sweet tooth needs catering to.
We find the best way to master the art of making pie crust is to see how it's made. Thus, we've compiled a few how-to videos that break down the process so you can learn how to make a killer pie crust that turns out beautifully every time.
MAKING PIE CRUST IN A FOOD PROCESSOR
If making pie crust by hand isn't your thing then try preparing it in the food processor.
This video from Whole Foods shows you the step-by-step process. Be sure to watch till the very end for some great suggestions for making gluten–free and dairy–free pie crust.
Flaky Pie Crust Recipe
A delicate, melt-in-your-mouth crust is something every baker aims for when making pie crust from scratch. You'll learn just how to do that with this step–by–step video from Allrecipes.
Before getting started, you'll want to make sure all of your ingredients are kept as cold as possible, this ensures that coveted flakiness. Here's how to do it:
MASTERING THE LATTICE PIE CRUST
A lattice crust is the ultimate way to add oomph to any pie, but it's a technique that can be quite challenging for beginners.
In this video from Southern Living you'll see first–hand how to overcome any hurdles when making this ornate pie crust.
PRESSED PIE CRUST
If you are not keen on rolling pie crust, you can try pressing it instead.
This instructional video from the Culinary Institute of America features pastry instructor Stephen Durfee sharing his recipe for a canola-oil pie crust that is pressed instead of rolled.
The end result is a sturdy pie crust that can be made in a pinch.
Delicious Pie Recipes
After mastering how to make pie crust like a chef you'll need some recipes to get you started. So roll up your sleeves, dust off your rolling pin and get ready to have a little fun in the kitchen with these scrumptious pie recipes.
Use the juiciest berries you can find to make this delicious strawberry-rhubarb pie. Rhubarb adds a nice sharpness that keeps this pie from becoming too sweet. Enjoy it with a nice scoop of homemade ice cream.
Gluten-Free Maple Pecan Pie
For a gluten–free crust, use almond flour as the base of your pie. That's the case in this scrumptious maple pecan pie (pictured above) made with a touch of coconut milk and extra pecans for crunch.
Traditional Pecan Pie
Or you can stick with a traditional pecan pie topped with cream like the one below.
Dutch Apple Pie
Another classic dessert you should master is Dutch apple pie. Granny Smith apples are ideal for this pie because they offer the perfect balance of sweetness and tartness.