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Resting the pie pastry

Isn't it easier to roll out the pie pastry dough immediately after mixing the ingredients before putting in the fridge to rest?

asked by kurocat almost 2 years ago
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Marian Bull

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added almost 2 years ago

Chilling your pie dough allows it to firm up, which actually makes it easier to handle. If you roll it out immediately, it may be too soft since the butter or shortening is a bit soft. If your dough is very hard when you take it out of the fridge, you can let it rest a bit and come back closer to room temperature if you'd like.

Resting the dough also makes the final texture more flaky.

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mrslarkin

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added almost 2 years ago

It might be easier but your end product will tear in spots. Refrigerating the dough will allow the butter/water to distribute very well, and you'll end up with a nice, smooth dough to work with. When you remove the cold dough from the fridge, use the Julia Child method of whacking it with a rolling pin to soften, and then roll away..

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added almost 2 years ago

Flour in the pastry dough hydrates during the resting process, bringing the dough together a bit more without overworking the gluten.