Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

 

This light and flaky homemade pie crust recipe will be a winner this holiday season with your family.  homemade pie crust recipe 2 What do you do when you get a deal on cherries at the farmers market? Well, you make a cherry pie, pinwheels and can the rest.  I learned from our trip to the strawberry farm that you can easily waste fruit if you have too much and don’t handle it fast enough. This was not something we ever thought about before we started making our food from scratch.

Due to some food sensitivities, our family has to make more of our food from scratch than in previous years. This has given us a chance to be  a little more adventurous with our cooking.  Usually, the only problem with cooking from scratch is time. If I don’t prep ahead of time I often find myself depending on store-bought items or meals being served a lot later than I planned.  So for this holiday season I am planning to make many of the items ahead of time like this pie crust. homemade pie crust recipe

This pie crust is one of my new favorite recipes to our family’s meal plans. It is great with its light flaky texture and is easy to make.  I truly believe that this pie crust is like no other. This pie crust is so delicious and flaky, making it perfect for my favorite sweet potato pie or quiche. This homemade pie crust recipe makes approximately three pie crusts.

This is also a great recipe to let the little one get in on the fun. Cutting in the butter (with supervision) and rolling out the dough is a fun way to encourage a love of cooking. This is one of the few times the boys in our house actually ask to help. That may also be because they know pie is coming. :)

Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups cold butter
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for rolling)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 5 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  • The Dough:
  • Place 3 cups of flour into a large bowl, and whisk in the salt. Cut the sticks of butter into tablespoon sized pats, and cut the pats in half. Add the butter to the bowl of flour and, using a pastry cutter or two butter knives cut in the butter until it you get small pea size pieces. In a separate bowl, beat the egg, water, and vinegar. Add this to the flour butter mixture, stirring until it comes together as a ball of dough.
  • Separate the dough into either two, or three portions. Place your portions of dough into Ziploc bags. Slightly flatten the dough using your hands so that the stack easier. Seal the bags (getting out as much air as possible), and place in the freezer until you are ready to bake.
  • To Bake:
  • Let the dough defrost on the counter for 15-20 minutes before attempting to work with it. Remove the disk of dough from the Ziploc bag and place it on a well floured surface. Use a rolling pin and start rolling from the center to the outside evenly, until it is the size of your pie pan. (Tip: Flip the dough over every once in a while to prevent sticking.) Gently press the rolled dough into your pan, and bake according to your recipe.
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Homemade Nachos

 

 

 

These homemade nachos just might become your new best friend but be sure to share them with the ones you love! These homemade nachos just might become your new best friend but be sure to share them with the ones you love! It was one of those hot summer days when you consider moving to Canada. I know it gets hot in Canada as my northern friends tell me but this is a level of hot that can only be achieved in the deep south. I mean cook an egg on the sidewalk hot. I thought I was going to melt away anytime I had to go outside. Forget getting the mail, it can sit in the mailbox all day until the sun goes down. And trying to accomplish anything with your hair is just an exercise in futility.

Making dinner in the summer can be a dilemma. I try to serve as many salads over the course of the summer that I can get away with before the crew starts to mutiny.  But I  don’t want to heat up the house by using the oven or cooking over the stove for a long time. Read More →

Introducing Baby Bernadette… {the REASON for my Blogging Hiatus}

Yes, yes….I know it’s been a while, but hear me out guys! I promise I wasn’t relaxing on a beach somewhere this whole time, or give up blogging. I was simply a bit preoccupied getting ready for a baby to come into this world. There is A LOT to do without my normal functioning body to get it done with. At least two days out of the week were taken up completely with appointments. About a third of each day was spent cleaning, another third researching, and the rest of the time I was catching some major zzz’s.

On my due date, there was no signs of labor. I didn’t have my baby, and I cried probably four times. I was still in great physical condition, and it frustrated me.  Every time she kicked in the last two weeks, I really really wished I could hold that hand or foot that was poking out. Needless to say, I was dying to hold my baby.

Four days after my due date I had a doctors appointment. They asked me if I wanted to be induced or if I wanted to wait. I requested to be induced and was scheduled for 7:30 the next morning. After my appointment I did a lot of errands with my mother which took several hours.

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Homemade Pico de Gallo

picodegallo I hate tomatoes. I mean loath them with a passion. I think fresh tomatoes are a slimy scourge sent down from some alien planet. I can eat tomato sauce, ketchup, and salsa but have never been able to hold down a fresh tomato. I don’t know the reason why but they make me gag. I have tried to psych myself  up and buckle down and force myself to avail. Read More →

Homemade Nacho Cheese

Homemade Nacho Cheese

The other day the kids were asking for nachos, not just chips and salsa, for their snack. I try to make a little bit more elaborate snacks during the weekends since I have a little more time to work with.

It was one of those lazy Saturdays where everyone got up late and we were eating breakfast at 11 am.  We don’t often get to sleep in like that so it totally throws off our usual schedule. Since breakfast was so late,  I decided to have a heavier snack than usual.

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