I suggested many pie recipes for your Thanksgiving finale but did not mention pie crust. Try my step by step Butter Pie Crust recipe for any pie you might be making. I love that it is made with a very short and real ingredient list. And the taste! I don't have to tell you that the taste of real butter in anything is better.
Pie crust tips:
*Use a pastry blender to incorporate the butter into the flour. The flour should resemble coarse cornmeal when it's ready for the next step.
*Try not to referigerate for too long, it is unnecessary and will make the dough too cold to work with. Optimal time is 30-60 minutes.
*Use cold butter and ice water.
*Limit the amount of time you handle the dough. Try to knead the dough into a ball in 3-5 turns of the dough.
*There must be enough liquid to combine all the ingredients. Use a fork when adding water to the flour/butter/salt mixture.
Have a wonderful weekend!