There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from baking your own homemade pie. That's from scratch, people. I have never made a pie before, let alone a pie with a homemade crust. This turned out to be really amazing in taste and that feeling of accomplishment. I feel like if I can bake a pie, then I can do anything...now. back. to. the. kitchen.
Basic Pie DoughYield: 1 9-inch pie crust*
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. sugar
¼ tsp. salt
8 tbsp. cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
3 tbsp. very cold water
Combine the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix briefly to blend. Add in the butter pieces and mix on medium-low speed to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse sand and the largest butter pieces are not much bigger than peas. Mix in the cold water on low speed just until the dough comes together.
Shape the dough into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes. (This dough can be frozen for up to 2 months.) Remove from the refrigerator. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface. Use as directed in your desired pie recipe.
*Double the recipe for a double crust pie.
Source: Annie's Eats adapted from Williams Sonoma