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Whole Wheat Pie Crust

I recently signed up to test some recipes for the Good Home Cookbook, which is conducting the first national, public recipe testing campaign. There are over 1,000 participants! I received three recipes to test: Herbed Bread Sticks, Sugar Cookies and Sweet Potato Pie. The breadsticks were outstanding and I had fun making the cookies. I’m not giving out any recipes yet, though. If you want to take a sneak peak, why don’t you sign up to be a tester and send an e-mail to recipetester@collectorspress.com?

This brings me to the sweet potato pie. I had never made one before, but cooking the potatos and assembing everything was easy. My only problem was that I didn’t exactly realised that I needed a crust. I hadn’t planned far in advance to try the pie, and so I found that I needed to whip up a crust quickly to stick the filling in And because sweet potatoes remind me of fall and hearty meals, I decided that the perfect compliment would be a nutty whole-wheat crust. So while the potatoes were boiling away on the stove, I put this together, tossed it into the freezer and was ready to go!

This crunchy, nutty, slightly sweet crust comes together easily and would compliment many fillings. I refrigerated the leftover pie and the crust still stayed crisp and flakey. Can’t complain about that!

Whole Wheat Pie Crust

1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
5 tbsp butter, cold and cut into a few pieces
3-4 tbsp cold water

Whisk together flours, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Rub in butter with your fingertips until the mixture resembles a very coarse meal. There should some pea sized pieces as well as some sand sized pieces. Pour in water and press dough together with your hands until it comes together into a ball. Add a bit more water if necessary.
Wrap dough disc in plastic wrap and freeze for 1 hour if you want to use it right away. Alternatively, you could refrigerate it for 4 hours, or until ready to use. Roll out on a floured surface.
Makes 1 crust.

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  • FoodNinja
    August 7, 2005

    I try and make whole wheat everything. It never poped into my head to make pie crust. Great idea to try.

  • Randi
    August 8, 2005

    ive been looking for a good whole wheat pie crust. i have a recipe for a wholewheat/oatmeal tart dough thats really good, but your’s looks so like and thin. Ill have to try it.

  • Ana
    August 9, 2005

    Nice recipe to try Nic. All I have for pie crusts are all-purpose flour ones.

  • Nic
    August 9, 2005

    Templar and Ana – This is definately a nice alternative to all white flour crusts

    Randi – I like the sound of the whole wheat/oatmeal crust. Is it a bit cookie like?

  • AkaRound Peg
    May 3, 2006

    Sounds great. Two questions from a rank newbie –
    How does one measure out tablespoons of butter?
    Does one usually bake the pie crust and bake once again with the filling?

  • Nic
    May 3, 2006

    Peg – I would not necessarily recommend this crust for a newbie, as it can be a bit sensitive. That said, your butter probably has tablespoons demarcated on the label. And the crust is baked once or twice, depending on the pie recipe you are using.

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