Butter pie crust is both tasty and hard to make. I will never forget the first time I made butter pie crust for an apple pie; it was a real journey. The challenge is that you need your butter to be cold when working with it. And all the utensils and bowls you use also must be cold.
The first time I made it, I followed the recipe entirely, and I ended up with the perfect dough. I followed all of the advice; the bowl refrigerated, the water had ice cubes in it, everything. The thing is that it doesn’t have to be so complicated. You have to work fast, that is my only advice. If you work fast enough, you can also use your hands to mix the dough.
For this recipe, I used 250 g of butter and 320 g of flour. Cut the cold butter in small pieces and add it to the flour. Mix well using a utensil of your fingers. You can either use a mash potato tool, two forks, or a special dough tool. Be careful when using fingers – the warmth of the fingers will make the butter melt, and you want it to stay cold. So chill your fingers before in cold water. After mixing a little bit and the butter is covered in flour, pour the water little by little and mix well until you get the right consistency. I used almost 120 ml of water. The amount of water you will use will depend on how moist the flour is. I never thought of how wet my flour is until the pandemic started.
One of the first things that went missing was the flour. And when it returned to the shelves, it was a lot moist than before—just a fun fact. But back to our recipe, after you add the water, mix it just a little bit and then make a ball from the dough, wrap it in cling paper and chill it for two hours before using it. You can store it for up to 3-4 days in the fridge. Before using it, take it out from the refrigerator and let it warm at room temperature for about 15 minutes. It will be easy to work with if afterward. You can use this dough to make pies, galettes, tarts, quiche, cheesecake, anything.
You can use this recipe with anything that requires crusty dough.
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