How long can you keep pie dough in the fridge?

In this article, we will answer the question “How long can you keep pie dough in the fridge?”, and how to make the best pie crust?

How long can you keep pie dough in the fridge?

Plastic wrapped pie crust will keep fresh for 3 days in the fridge. For prolonged storage, freeze the pie crust for 1 month after wrapping it with foil and sealing it in a freezer bag.

How to make the best pie crust?

Ingredients 

  • 2 1/2 cups (325 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar, optional
  • 1 cup (230 grams) very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 sticks)
  • 4-8 tbsp ice water

Instructions 

Method 1: Using a food processor 

  1. Blend 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, and sugar (optional) in the food processor.
  1. Add the butter cubes into the flour mixture and blend until all of the flour is uniformly combined with the butter.
  1. Scrape the sides of the bowl, add the remaining 1 cup flour into the bowl and blend until the flour is homogenous and crumbly.
  1. In a bowl, form a dough by mixing ice water and flour mixture. Start with 4 tbsp of water and work your way up until a smooth and non-sticky dough is formed. 
  1. Empty the bowl onto a clean counter dusted with some flour. Shape the dough into a ball and divide it into two portions. Shape each piece into a disc and wrap it with plastic.
  1. Store this plastic-wrapped dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour to as long as 2 days. For prolonged storage, keep it in the fridge for 3 months.

Method 2: By hand 

  1. Mix 1 1/2 cups flour, salt, and sugar (optional) in a bowl.
  1. Spread the butter cubes evenly throughout the flour mixture and mix using a spatula or a fork or a pastry blender until flour is crumbly.
  1. In a bowl, add the flour mixture and combine it with some water to form a dough. Start with 4 tbsp of water and work your way up until a smooth and non-sticky dough is formed. 
  1. Empty the bowl onto a clean counter dusted with some flour. Shape the dough into a ball and divide it into two portions. Shape each piece into a disc and wrap it with plastic. 
  1. Store this plastic-wrapped dough in the fridge for at least 1 hour to as long as 2 days. For prolonged storage, keep it in the fridge for 3 months.

Method 3: Rolling out the dough 

  1. Remove one of the refrigerated dough discs and leave it on the counter for about 5 minutes or until it reaches room temperature.
  1. Sprinkle some flour over the counter and dust the rolling pin and the top surface of the dough disc.
  1. Roll the dough disc into a 12-inch circle (about 1/8-inch thick) with the help of a rolling pin. If the dough feels sticky from the bottom or top, sprinkle it lightly with some plain flour. 
  1. Set the dough across the dish and gently press it down. Trim the dough to within ½-inch of the edge of the dish.
  1. To create a ¼ inch thick circumference of the dough, tuck the dough at the edges beneath itself. Crimp the dough edges using your index finger. 
  1. Before you proceed to bake, let the dough sit in the fridge for about 20 minutes or in the freezer for 5 minutes.
  1. For making a double-pie crust, the edges of the dough should not be crimped at this stage. Instead,  roll out the edges of the dough disc at the base of the dish. Then pour the pie filling. Top with a second dough disc and crop its edges, then, crimp the edges.

How to pre-bake a crust for a single-crust pie?

  1. Heat the oven to 425℉. Slide a baking tray in the middle rack of the oven. 
  1. Roll out a 9-inch crust (1 dough disk). Set this crust onto a pie plate and prick the bottom of the crust using a fork. 

Line the crust with 2 sheets of foil, covering the edges of the crust as well. Add dried rice, dried beans, or pie weights over the foil.

Place the pie plate into the fridge for 30 minutes or freezer for 10 minutes until firm.

  1. Transfer the pie crust onto the preheated baking tray. Bake for 20-30 minutes at 400℉. Bake for a few more minutes if the crust is not golden brown yet.
  1. Take out the rice, beans, or pie weights and foil from pie crust. Apply some egg wash on the side and base of the crust using a brush. 
  1. Bake for 3-5 minutes or until the egg wash looks shiny and crisp. Let cool before filling it.

Conclusion

In this article, we answered the question “How long can you keep pie dough in the fridge?”, and how to make the best pie crust?

References

https://www.inspiredtaste.net/22662/flaky-pie-crust-recipe/
https://www.bhg.com/recipes/desserts/pies/make-ahead-pastry/

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