Friday, January 7, 2022
Homemade pie dough is one of my specialties, a craft I've honed since I began baking as a child. The recipe itself isn't all that important, but the way I mix the ingredients and add the water is perhaps unique. After the flour, salt, sugar, butter, and/or Crisco is measured into a mixing bowl, the trick is to try to keep these dry ingredients apart as a little water is repeatedly added. I rapidly stir the ingredients with a fork in a circular path around the bowl, trying to keep it separated, which is easy at first. But at a certain point, when just enough water has been added, the dough will just come together, regardless of any effort to keep it apart. All that's left is rolling it out on a well-floured surface.