Booze Up Your Pie Crust

MAKE YOUR OWN PIE CRUST. Do it. It’s really not that hard and makes a HUGE difference in the taste and texture.  What’s also cool about making your own pie crust is that you can add in your favorite BOOZEEE to the crust for a nice hidden flavor.  I like to add amaretto liquor (like in the recipe below) but you could probably add in a dark rum or brandy.  Also, the secret to getting a really pretty golden crust is drizzling melted butter over the crust in the last 20-30 minutes that the pie is baking.

Pie Crust:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 1 cup (2 sticks or 8 ounces) unsalted butter, very-cold, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (plus 2 melted tablespoons for drizzling)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 6 Tbsp ice water
  • 1 Tbsp of amaretto liqueur
  1. Mix the flour, butter, salt and sugar…it’s be a pretty coarse mix and it’s okay if there are little chunks of butter.  Mix in the water and liqueur then form into a disk.
  1. Cover in plastic wrap and pop it into the freezer for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Remove the disk from the freezer and roll it out on a floured surface.  Place the disk into a deep dish pie pan and evenly cover the pan.
  3. Fold up the edges of the crust around the rim of the pie pan.
**When you’re baking the pie crust, apply the reserved 2 tablespoons of melted butter over the edge of the crust to give it a nice golden and buttery edge.**