Simply Recipes Sour Cream Pie Crust
2 sticks unsalted butter (1 cup, 8 ounces, 225g) cubed
2 cups (280g) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons sugar (for sweet recipes, otherwise skip)
1 teaspoon salt (skip if using salted butter)
1/2 cup (115ml) sour cream (full fat, NOT light sour cream)
- Cut the butter into cubes and let it sit on the counter to take the chill off (don’t soften the butter, just let it sit out for a couple minutes when you take it out of the fridge).
- In a large bowl, vigorously whisk together the flour, sugar (if using), and salt (omit if using salted butter).
- Sprinkle the cubes of butter over the flour. Use your clean hands to squish the flour and butter together with your thumbs, fingers, and knuckles. Work the butter into the dough until you have what resembles a coarse meal with some flattened chunks of butter.
- Add the sour cream to the flour and butter mixture. Use a fork to incorporate into the mixture.
- Use your hands to gather the pastry dough together into a large ball. Use a knife to cut the ball in half. Form into two disks. As you work the dough into disks, it should end up smooth, having the consistency of Play-Doh. Don’t worry about over-working this dough. Form the disks so that there are no cracks.
- Sprinkle all over with a little flour. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap. Once you wrap the dough disk in plastic wrap, you can massage the dough and the edges with your warm hands to close any cracks. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or up to a day ahead.
- After the dough has been sitting in the fridge for an hour, remove it and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes at room temperature to become more malleable before rolling out. If it still feels too stiff to roll out, hold your hands around the edges to soften.
- To roll out, sprinkle a clean, flat surface with flour. As you roll the dough, check to make sure the bottom is not sticking. If it is, lift it up and sprinkle a little flour underneath.
- Roll out to 12 to 14 inches wide, to an even thickness.
You can use this pastry dough for unstructured rustic pies or galettes, or single or double crusted traditional pies. It can also be used for a savory pot pie.
Whether you use the dough for a galette or a double crust pie, it will be prettier with a light egg wash. Just whisk one egg in a small bowl, add a teaspoon of water, and brush lightly over the exposed crust with a pastry brush, right before baking.