Foolproof Pie Dough

From The Best Blueberry Pie

Foolproof Pie Dough

Why This Recipe Works

Since water bonds with flour to form gluten, too much of it makes a crust tough. But rolling out dry dough is difficult. For a pie dough recipe that baked up tender and flaky and rolled out easily every time, we found a magic ingredient: vo...

Why This Recipe Works

Since water bonds with flour to form gluten, too much of it makes a crust tough. But rolling out dry dough is difficult. For a pie dough recipe that baked up tender and flaky and rolled out easily every time, we found a magic ingredient: vodka. Using vodka, which is just 60 percent water, gave us an easy-to-roll crust recipe with less gluten and no alcohol flavor, since the alcohol vaporizes in the oven.

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The Best Blueberry PieSeason 9, Ep. 901

The perfect blueberry pie has every component—dough, crust, and filling—working in complete harmony. But home cooks know that achieving this balance is tricky.