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Old 11-13-2005, 12:33 AM   #1
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Question Pie ?? for you food scientists

My SIL and I were talking and trying to figure out what the purpose of apple cider vinegar in a pie crust recipe is for. I looked through my reference books and didn't find anything that directly talks about this. It didn't even mention cider vinegar in crusts. I did see one blurb that said about cider vinegar itself: "Apples are rich in malic acid, so cider vinegars undergo a malolactic fermentation that may augment aroma while softening acidity."

So could I'm thinking that that would in turn do the same for pie crust, in apple pie? Or is there a different reason??


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Old 11-13-2005, 05:22 AM   #2
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I think I remember Shirley Corriher saying that a little vinegar retards the gluten in the flour from developing, thus keeping the crust tender and flaky. I've tried it, and it does work!

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Old 11-13-2005, 07:08 AM   #3
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Marm hits the nail on the head. It keeps the pie crust very flaky and light. I always add about 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar to my ice water before drizzling it into the pie crust. It does help!
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Old 11-13-2005, 07:28 AM   #4
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Wow, never heard of this. Of course I'm not too hot in the pie-crust-making department. Next time I decide to torture myself, I will try this and perhaps succeed for a change.
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