Sunday, August 26, 2012

Flaky Pastry Crust


This is a family recipe perfected through generations. It is extremely flaky and delicious. Throughout my childhood I remember people complementing my mother's pies, and to this day I don't think any other crust comes even close to this recipe. There are 2 versions of the recipe- the hearty version- which is my favorite, and the general version.

Hearty Pastry Crust Ingredients

You will need:
2 Cups Wheat Flour
1 1/3 Cups White Flour
2/3 Cup White Flour
Ice Water (yes- it MUST be ice water)
1 Teaspoon Salt
1/8 Cup Wheat Germ
2 Cups Shortening (butter is also very good)
Pinch of Baking Soda

General Pastry Crust Ingredients

You will need:
3 1/3 Cups White Flour
2/3 Cup White Flour
Ice Water (yes- MUST be ice water)
1 Teaspoon Salt
2 Cups Shortening (butter is also very good)
Pinch of Baking Soda

Preheat oven to 425 Degrees

In small bowl combine 2/3 cup white flour and ice water to form a cold paste.

In a large bowl combine the rest of the ingredients. 

Add chilled flour paste. Mix by hand. Mix as little as possible. The less you touch the dough- the better. You want to be able to still see chunks of shortening unmixed in and when you try to hold the dough it flakes apart. 

Sprinkle flour on a clean counter top and place dough on top. Flour your rolling pin and roll out dough. Again- the less you roll out the dough, the better. 

Cut dough into shapes you want and put in greased pan. Cook for time asked for in recipe.
Need an idea of what to do with any extra dough you have around? Make a Chocolate Rose Pastry!

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