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Almond Meal Pie Crust

October 17, 2012
Author Notes

This recipe makes enough dough for a thick crust. It's not too sweet and is slightly short read-like. I wanted to use up some Trader Joe's almond meal and so I came up with this. I used a food processor but it could be done by hand. This was delicious with a pumpkin chiffon filling. —Sadassa_Ulna

  • Makes single crust for 9" pie
Ingredients
  • 1-1/4 cups AP flour
  • 2 tablespoons White sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 6 tablespoons Cold butter cut into slices
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Vegetable shortening
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 4-5 tablespoons Ice water
  • 2/3 cup Almond meal
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Fill a cup with ice water.
  2. Put all ingredients except the last three into the bowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until butter is reduced to pea-size chunks.
  3. Add 4 Tbsp. of the ice water and the vanilla. Pulse again to incorporate.
  4. Add almond meal and pulse to incorporate. Add more ice water until mixture forms a ball.
  5. Turn dough onto a sheet of wax paper or plastic wrap and form a flat disk. Wrap up and refrigerate for 1/2 hour minimum.
  6. For pre-baking this crust for unbaked fillings, pre-heat oven to 400 degress F., roll out dough and line a pie pan. Cut a circle of parchment to fit the inside diameter and place inside; pile on pie weights or use dry beans to prevent crust from puffing up. Bake 12 minutes, carefully remove weights and parchment and bake another 8-12 minutes. Place a ring of foil over the edges to prevent overbrowning.

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Sadassa_Ulna

Recipe by: Sadassa_Ulna

Growing up I was the world's pickiest eater, that is, until my children were born. Karma. Neither of my parents were much into cooking; it was the height of eating fat-free or anything with oat bran added. I taught myself some basics, mostly baking, following the guidelines of a well-worn copy of Joy of Cooking. I was a ballet dancer and a teacher suggested I lose weight. As I began reading about diet and nutrition I became interested in natural foods, which led to a job at a macrobiotic natural foods market in Center City Philadelphia; this was way before Whole Foods came to the area. I learned a lot about food in general. I ate strictly vegan for a while, although I don't now, but I still like it when a recipe can taste great without butter or bacon! In short, my approach to cooking is idiosyncratic, and I don't know very much about cooking meat or proper technique. I love to bake and I am still working on expanding my palate and my repertoire. The hardest part is getting the whole family to try new things! So aside from my food status, I am an architect who likes to garden and play music. I'm married with two kids, and I hope to get a dog someday.