Even though I do not celebrate Thanksgiving, but I thought it'll be great to join in the fun of baking some Thanksgiving twofer pies this week.
Since there is only two persons at home, I wanted to make two mini pies for both of us, but I ended up messing around in the kitchen the whole day and came up with 8 pieces of pie crusts instead. The first 6 pieces of crusts were baked in 3 batches, as I tried to prevent the crusts from shrinking by experimenting with different amount of rice. But the attempts were not successful because the crusts shrunk to half the height of the pie pans. I have a bottle of pie weights but they've gone missing just when I needed them, and the rice seems to be not heavy enough to hold the crusts. I almost gave up the idea of making the pies completely, but I remember that Dorie has a sweet tart dough that won't shrink even when it's baked without pie weights. So I made a small batch of the dough which is enough to fill two small pie pans.
It's a great recipe indeed, the crusts didn't shrink this time and I managed to bake the Thanksgiving twofer pies successfully!
Thanks to Vibi who chose the recipe for this week, it was a mess but the pies are delicious! And until my pie weights are found, the sweet tart dough recipe will be the one to turn to when I need to bake some pie crusts!
Recipe of Thanksgiving Twofer Pie can be found here.
Sweet Tart Dough Recipe
(Adapted from Dorie Greenspan's Baking: From My Home to Yours)
1½ cups plain flour
½ cup icing sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 stick plus 1 tablespoon very cold (or frozen) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg yolk
1) Put the flour, sugar and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using a paddle attachment, turn the mixer on for a few seconds to combine the dry ingredients.
2) Scatter the pieces of butter over the dry ingredients and mix over low speed until the butter is coarsely cut in, you should have some pieces the size of oatmeal fakes and others the size of peas. Add the yolk, continue to mix the batter slowly until it forms clumps and curds.
3) Turn the dough out onto a work surface and very lightly and sparingly, knead the dough just to incorporate and dry ingredients that might have escaped mixing.
4) To press the dough into the pan: butter a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom. Press the dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan, using all but one little piece of dough, which you should save in the refrigerator to patch any cracks after the crust is baked. Don’t be too heavy handed- press the crust in so that the edges of the pieces cling to one another, but not so hard that the crust loses its crumbly texture. Freeze the crust for at least 30 minutes, preferable longer, before baking.
5) To partially or fully bake the crust: center a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F. Butter the shiny side of aluminum foil and fit the foil, buttered side down, against the crust. (since you froze it, you can bake it without weights). Put the tart pan on a baking sheet and bake the crust for 25 minutes. Carefully remove the foil. If the crust has puffed, carefully press it down with the back of a spoon. For partially baked crust, patch the crust if necessary, then transfer the crust to a cooling rack. To fully bake the crust, bake for another 8 minutes or so, or until it is firm and golden brown. Transfer pan to a rack and cool the crust to room temperature before filling.
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
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