the secret / by Judith Bernier

to perfect pie crust.

What? You may be wondering...what do pies have to do with pods? Is it that they both begin with "p"? Has she lost her mind? Has she gone mad? ADHD?

None of the above, I spent last summer creating hand pies for Laura Cabot Catering @ the Waldoboro farmers market. In total there were perhaps more than 2000 created, some fan favorites were the pear & cardamon and the chorizo, sweet potato & pepper jack cheese. 

The crust was perfection, 4 ingredients: 1 1/4 c all purpose flour(King Arthur), 1/2 tsp sea salt, 1/2 c.(1 stick)butter(Kates), and 1/4 c. flour.

Mix the flour in salt in a big steel bowl, add the butter in cubes with a pastry blender.  Then add water-little bit at a time...DO NOT OVERMIX, just barely blend it in until it resembles cat litter. Roll out, cut into circles, fill with desired filling and voila! Doesn't get any better.