Vodka Pie Dough

We use vodka in this pie dough to make it extra flaky and tender. Don't worry, the booze cooks off and leaves no taste behind.

  • Preparation Time10 mins
  • Serves8
  • DifficultyEasy
2 1/2 cups plain flour
1/3 cup lard or vegetable shortening
1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1/4 cup vodka
3 to 4 tablespoons ice-cold water

Pulse the flour, lard, sugar, salt and 4 tablespoons of the butter in a food processor until it has the consistency of a fine meal. Add the remaining 8 tablespoons butter, and pulse until you have pea-sized pieces. Sprinkle the vodka and water over the flour, and pulse until the dough just comes together. Evenly divide the dough between 2 pieces of plastic wrap, and gently pat each into a round. Wrap each round tightly and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour and up to overnight. (The dough can be frozen for up to 2 months.)

Makes enough dough for two 9-inch pies or 1 double-crust pie

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