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Recipe by Mimi Council

Mimi Council founded one of the first and only entirely organic bakeries in the country. She is an organic advocate, recipe developer, and photographer. Her desserts have been featured in SHAPE Magazine, The FeedFeed, Green Wedding Shoes, The Nest, 100 Layer Cake, Wedding Chicks, and ESPN, among others. Her recipes represent the kind of lifestyle she lives, with minimal and organic ingredients.

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Best All-Butter Pie Crust

This four-ingredient, all-butter pie crust recipe is perfect for apple, blueberry, strawberry pies, and more. You can fill this easy pie crust with whatever fruit filling you love! You can even freeze your premade dough for up to one month, thaw in the fridge for 24 hours, and use.

8 servings
¼ cup plus 3 Tbsp. cold water
A bowl of white flour.
1 ⅔ cups plus 2 Tbsp. organic all purpose flour, plus extra for rolling
A bowl of white flour.
A small bowl of sugar.
1 tsp. organic cane sugar
A small bowl of sugar.
¾ cup (12 Tbsp.) Organic Valley Salted Butter, cold


Measure the cold water and place in the fridge.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment (or in a large mixing bowl), add the flour and sugar. Chop the butter into small cubes by cutting each stick in half, then cutting each half in thirds, and from there chopping into small cubes. Place the butter in the bowl with flour and sugar and place in the fridge for 15 to 30 minutes to make sure the butter is truly cold.
Remove the mixing bowl and water from the fridge. Place the bowl in your stand mixer and mix on low until the mixture looks like wet sand. (If not using a mixer, use a pastry cutter, potato masher, or your hands until the mixture resembles wet sand). Immediately add all the water and mix just until the dough comes together (do not over-mix).
Divide the dough into two pieces (top and bottom). The top should weigh about 6 ounces and the bottom should weigh about 11 ounces. Form the two pieces into round disks, and—one at a time—press the disks with your hands, similar to kneading, to incorporate any dry spots or butter chunks and to gently make the disks wider and flatter. The larger the disks you can form now, the less work you will do when rolling it out (and the quicker you’ll be!). Wrap each piece tightly in plastic wrap. Place the wrapped dough in the fridge and chill overnight.
When you’re ready to roll out your pie crust, remove the larger disk from plastic wrap and lightly sprinkle flour on the top and bottom. Flour a work surface and, using a rolling pin, roll and then rotate your pie crust 45 degrees and then roll and rotate again. This will help you roll the disk out evenly. Roll out to 1/4-inch thick; it will be about 11 inches in diameter. Set aside. Repeat with the smaller disk, which should be about 9 inches in diameter.
Continue to follow your pie recipe for filling and baking.
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