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Old 09-15-2005, 09:15 PM   #1
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Pie Crust!

I was watching one of my daughters shows today and they do this little thing where a kid goes to the zoo ro dog trainer or cooking ro whatever. Anyways I actually learnt something from it!! When needing to cut the lard/butter into the flour use a cheese grater!! Man how much easier my life would have been had I thought of that earlier. I have never had a pastry cutter and always just used two butter knives!!! Now I have a hankering to build a pie...perhaps apple I think!!!

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Old 09-16-2005, 02:13 AM   #2
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Apple sounds good to me. I'll have it after I finish the French toast.
Have a good night!!
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Old 09-16-2005, 03:20 AM   #3
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That's how I make my pastry!
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Old 09-16-2005, 09:55 AM   #4
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Why didn't I ever think of that?!!
The Barefoot Contessa uses her food processor to make pie crust. Anyone here ever try doing it that way?
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Old 09-16-2005, 09:58 AM   #5
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Why didn't I ever think of that?!!
The Barefoot Contessa uses her food processor to make pie crust. Anyone here ever try doing it that way?
I've done that. It works fine.
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Old 09-16-2005, 10:27 AM   #6
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Food processors work great - just don't over pulse it - 10-12 pulses usually does the trick.

And if you're grating your butter, make sure it's really cold to start with - even frozen works!
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Old 09-16-2005, 10:51 AM   #7
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IMO, the thing about using the food processor is that you don't get a real good feel for the amount of water that the dough needs, which is always somewhat different depending on humidity and the flour you are using.

I just have a better feel for that when I am using my hands.

But my food processor crust has come out pretty well most times, I do admit.
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The only problem with the food processor for me is that I don't like cleaning the food processor! Just kidding....I have to make so many at one time I have to do them by hand.
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Old 09-18-2005, 08:37 AM   #9
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Every time I try to make a pie crust by hand it comes out aweful! My mother thought it apostasy to use the food processor for pie crust but I get a lot of compliments on my pie crusts when I make them in the food processor... I'm sold!
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