During the winter months, I gravitate toward making comfort food. One of my favorite dishes is chicken pot pie with a hardy whole wheat crust. Before I owned a food processor, I used to mix pie crust by hand. This recipe can easily be made by hand, but its so much easier (and faster) to use a food processor. This tutorial also works with an all purpose flour recipe.
Fit your food processor with the dough blade. Its an all plastic blade without a sharp edge.
Place the shortening, whole wheat flour, and salt in your food processor. Pulse a few time until the mix resembles course crumbs as pictured above.
With the motor running, slowly add the water a little at a time.
When the dough starts clumps together as above, check the consistency by squeezing a small amount of the dough. It should stick together. If it crumbles, you need a little more water.
Divide the dough in half and press into two balls on a lightly floured surface.
Using a very small amount of flour for dusting, roll one ball of dough out until it is large enough for your baking dish.
Transfer the rolled dough onto your baking dish by folding it over the rolling pin. This will decrease your chances of tearing the dough.
If you do tear the dough, you can reseal by pressing the seam. Whole wheat dough is sticker than regular flour and very forgiving on tears. Add your filling of choice.
Roll out the second ball of dough for the top crust. Magoo helped me cut a star in the middle using a cookie cutter to provide a vent.
Seal the seam between the two crusts by pressing them together. You can use two finders and a thumb as pictured above to create the classic crimped crust.
Ready for the oven! Unless indicated in the recipe for your filling, bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
- 2/3 cup shortening (I recomend butter flavored)
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 6 to 8 Tbsp water
- Place shortening, flour, and salt in the food processor. Pulse until combined.
- Add water one tablespoon at a time until dough comes together.
- Divide dough in half and roll out on a lightly floured surface.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.