Do you make pie crust from scratch or buy it pre-made?
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas ahead, I was wondering how many people find it worth it to make homemade pie crust. I have done it in the past, but find it time consuming. Then there is the big mess of flour to clean up.
Pie Crust is very easy and as such I just make it from scratch.
Shhhhhhh! This is why my fire engine red KitchenAid mixer is my best kitchen pal. I make my own pie crust, using the mixing paddle, using the same basic recipe and ingredients. I dance around the house and return to the kitchen when I think it's completely mixed and ready to roll. I have never had pie crust fail on me while using this method. No one knows. When it comes down to it, no one cares if your pie crust is made from scratch or bought from the supermarket's frozen section, pre-made. They are happy that they are being served pie.
I always make pie crust from scratch - I have a fool proof recipe that comes out perfectly. I've had people tell me the crust is just as good as the pie (I hope that doesn't mean the pie wasn't very good)!
I don't really like pie crust-- maybe I've never had the 'good' kind.
I have heard it is easy with the proper mixer or processor, but then you have to clean the machine. So the short answer is - pre-made. I usually roll it a little thinner, so there is less of it. I also have made graham cracker crust, and made my quiche the 'crustless' way with bisquick mix.
I almost always make pie crust from scratch however the last couple of times [keep this between you and me] a lack of prep time forced me to try a store bought. They turned out great and I had a hard time telling the difference. The store bought pie crusts have made substantial improvement in their quality and if cooked properly are a very good substitute for the "real" thing.
I always make it. It's quicker than going to the store to get some, the cost is far lower, the quality is much better, and you control what goes into it. Read the labels on commercial pastries and you'll never eat them again.
I make pie crust (I'm assuming this is pastry) from scratch and by hand, no machines involved. I find it quite easy, and not too messy to clean up. Making it by hand is, like anything in life, a skill that can be learnt with a little practice.
Whenever I can I make my pie crust from scratch. Once you make it and taste it you'll never want the store bought kind again! To me, it adds so much to your pot pie, or dessert pie. Once you get the hang of it, you realize how easy it really is. The basic ingredients are flour, shortening, salt, and water or milk so it's actually cheaper too.
I am not into baking enough to actually make a homemade pie crust, I will buy them pre-made in a minute though. They usually taste pretty darn good too.
I also make it by hand and it is a full proof recipe that my grandmother gave me. It has flour, egg, lemon juice, water, and shortening in it. Very liight and flakey. I have never even tried a store bought crust. I have a marble rolling pin that I put in the freezer before hand and it gets ice cold. That way it prevents the crust from sticking to it better when I am trying to roll it out. I also use ice cold water. That helps too. You have to work with the dough real fast so the heat of your hands do not warm it up.
I always make my pie crust from scratch. For me, I have to because I'm gluten free, and it also tastes better when it's made from scratch in my opinion.
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