First I want to say that I am not above a store bought crust, but when I have time, I make a quick and easy pie crust. I'm still practicing, and I sure can't make my crust pretty yet, but I'll get there if I keep at it! I use Martha Stewart's pie crust recipe with the apple cider vinegar. The apple cider vinegar makes a difference in the flakiness. Here is her recipe:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
- 7 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
- 2 tablespoons ice-cold water, plus more as needed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons apple-cider vinegar
Make the crust: Place flour, butter, sugar, and salt in the bowl of an *electric mixer. Transfer bowl to freezer for 20 minutes. Remove bowl from freezer and attach to mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Mix on low speed until mixture resembles a coarse meal, about 2 minutes.
In a small glass measuring cup, combine ice water and vinegar. With the mixer on low, slowly add just enough water mixture to flour mixture so that it comes together into shaggy clumps. If all the liquid is used and dough still doesn't hold together, add additional cold water, 1 teaspoon at a time. Take care not to over mix.Turn dough out onto a large piece of plastic wrap; shape into a 5-inch disk and wrap. Transfer to refrigerator and chill for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 days.
*On a lightly floured work surface, roll out dough into a 12 1/2-inch circle about 1/8-inch thick. Carefully transfer to a 9-inch pie plate. Tuck excess dough under edges to create a double thickness and a smooth edge; pinch every 2 inches to create a decorative edge. Transfer to refrigerator to chill for at least 20 minutes.
*I personally don't use a mixer on crust. I use a pastry cutter. And only a pastry cutter.
*I roll out the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap. Less flour needed, and the dough stays together better.
For your filling and topping, you'll need the following (adapted from Martha Stewart's pie recipe):
2 1/2 cups halved and quartered strawberries
2 1/2 cups chopped rhubarb
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t cardamom
2/3 cup flour
1/2 cup granulated sugar
5 T cold butter, cut into chunks
3 T packed brown sugar
3/4 t ground ginger
1/2 t cinnamon
1/8 t coarse salt
Preheat your oven to 350. Chop up your strawberries and rhubarb.