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Cornmeal Pie Crust

Cornmeal Pie Crust! A dash of stone ground cornmeal adds beautiful color and a slight crunch to classic pie dough. I love this crust filled with summer berries or tomatoes.

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This is one of my favorite crusts to use for savory pies, tarts and galettes. I like to use stone ground cornmeal for a rustic texture and flavor.

This dough is also wonderful for fruit pies, especially Blueberry Pie. The dough comes together is just a few minutes.

Check out the step by step photos to see the process for making Cornmeal Pie Dough:

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Mix the cornmeal with the other dry ingredients. Add the shortening first and then the sliced butter. Leave large bits of butter for a flaky texture.
two side by side photos showing how cornmeal pie crust looks when it's first made and when it's rolled out
The dough will look a bit crumbly when it’s first mixed. Refrigerate over night to allow the water to hydrate the flour. You can see the bits of butter in the crust. They will form the flakes as the crust bakes.

Tips for making great Cornmeal Pie Crust:

  • Use stone-ground cornmeal for a rustic texture and complex flavor.
  • I like to use yellow cornmeal for the color and flavor.
  • As with any flaky pie dough, keep the ingredients cold.
  • If the dough is very cold it can be a bit crumbly when you start rolling. You can let the dough warm up a bit for easier handling.
  • If the dough cracks while rolling, just pinch it back together and keep going.
  • If you only need half the dough for your recipe (one crust pie or galette) you can make a full recipe and wrap and freeze the extra dough for another dish.

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Cornmeal Pie Crust

Yield: 2 crust pie
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes

A Perfect Pie Crust is a thing of beauty. A dash of cornmeal add beautiful color and a slight crunch to the classic dough. I love this crust filled with summer berries or tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (10 oz, 285g) all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup (3.5 oz, 100g) stone ground cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 115g) leaf lard (or vegetable shortening), cold
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 115g) butter, very cold and sliced into 1/4" thin slices
  • 1/2 cup (4 oz, 118 ml) ice cold water

Instructions

  1. Combine the all purpose flour and cornmeal with the salt and sugar. Whisk together to mix the ingredients evenly.
  2. Using your fingers, cut the lard or shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Using your fingers, toss the butter into the flour mixture. Allow the slices of butter to break up into slightly smaller pieces into the flour. Work quickly so the butter doesn't get warm. Don't break the butter down completely. There should be some large flakes remaining.
  3. Pour the water onto the flour all at once and toss to combine. Gently press the dough just until it comes together. It will look a little dry in spots. The water will redistribute in the dough as it rests.
  4. Wrap the dough and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before using.

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