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Who Makes The Best Pie Crust? 7 Chefs' Signature Techniques

First Posted: 11/02/2011 9:26 am   Updated: 08/31/2012 10:48 am


Have you strived to make the perfect pie dough from scratch? Or want to brush up on your skills? If this sounds like you, we have just the remedy. Perfect pie crust is actually so easy to make (it literally comes together in 10 seconds using a food processor, according to Martha Stewart's technique below). So why rely on sub-par store-bought pie doughs? Make your own easily with the help of these celebrity chefs.

Everyone has a slightly varying technique for pie dough (as you will see from the videos below), but the secret has always been making the dough with cold ingredients, which means cold butter and ice cold water. Some chefs even go as far as freezing their butter, their bowls and their utensils (see Carla hall's video). Pie dough can also be made by hand either using a pastry blender (see Cat Cora's video) or by rubbing in the butter into the dough using your fingers (see Paul Prudhomme's video). Try these techniques yourself and let us know what you think of them.

Alton Brown's Pie Dough
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Alton Brown emphasizes the importance of starting with cold ingredients when making pie dough. He freezes the butter and shortening and puts ice water into a spray bottle, which ensures even distribution.
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