This recipe calls for a food processor, but if you don't have one, you can mix this by hand. Try a pastry cutter or two forks. It will take longer, but it'll work! I've adapted this recipe to be vegan by substituting Earth Balance Buttery Sticks for the butter and it turns out perfect. Keep your ingredients COLD for best results -- I normally keep mine in the freezer. This recipe can be doubled with no issues. Keep extra dough wrapped in plastic in the freezer.
|4 T||ice water (plus more as needed)|
|3⁄4 t||apple cider vinegar|
|1 1⁄2 c||unbleached all-purpose flour|
|9 T||butter (unsalted, cold, cut into cubes)|
In a small bowl, mix together 4 tbsp of ice water and the apple cider vinegar and set aside.Place the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine. Add the cubes of butter and pulse until it resembles a coarse meal. With the motor running, drizzle in the vinegar and water mixture and process until moist clumps form. Pick up a handful of dough and squeeze it in your hand. If it holds together, you're done. If it seems crumbly, add more ice water, only *one teaspoon* at a time, and pulse to incorporate.
Turn the dough onto a lightly floured counter top and gather it until it just holds together. Shape it into a ball, and then press into a disk 1 1/2 inches thick. It's okay if it cracks a bit at the edges, just smooth the cracks with your fingertips. Wrap the disk snug in plastic wrap and press it a little more. Smooth away the cracks around the edges. Put the disk in the refrigerator for at least two hours. Remove from the fridge about 10 minutes before you're ready to roll the dough out to allow it to soften slightly.
With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the disk out into a 12" circle large enough to fit a 9" pie dish. Transfer it to the pie dish, and gently press it into the dish. Trim the edge, leaving a 1/2" overhang. Fold the overhang under and lightly press against the rim of the pie dish, and crimp with a fork. Place the pie crust in the freezer for up to 10 minutes, or in the fridge for at least 30 minutes while you prepare your filling.
This recipe calls for a food processor, but if you don't have one, you can use pastry cutter or two forks. Substitute Earth Balance Buttery Sticks for the butter for a perfect vegan version. Keep your ingredients COLD for best results. This recipe can be doubled with no issues. Keep extra dough wrapped in plastic in the freezer.