Pie crust is one of those classic baked goods that many people find intimidating, let alone an 100% whole grain version. Well I’m here to tell you that flakey, wholesome, buttery sprouted goodness is not only attainable, it’s actually pretty simple! As I was formulating this recipe in our Second Spring test kitchen, our facility maintenance guy stopped by and said as a child he used to sit and watch his grandmother make pie crust, but he hadn’t seen anybody do it since. The final pie crust definitely met his approval, so I guess I could say this one is just like grandma used to make!
The key here is to follow the directions closely. You want the butter and water to be COLD and add the water 1 tbsp at a time (or even slower) until the dough just comes together. I often read recipes and think to myself, is that chilling step necessary? Well in this case it’s a resounding “yes”. You’ll want the crust itself to be cold as it goes into the oven so the butter melts at the right rate, giving it all those beautiful flakey layers. Not to worry, the rest time just means you have time to preheat the oven and prepare the filling.
Speaking of filling…the options are endless! We opted for a traditional pumpkin pie this time, but this crust would work well with fruit pies, quiche, chicken pot pie, you name it.
Not sure how to flute the edges? It’s pretty easy, I just used my fingers (YouTube is very helpful). But if you don’t want to spend time learning, leave it as-is (it still looks great), indent with a fork, or as pictured with the pumpkin pie above, make slits along the edge with a sharp knife. It’s all about your preference, no special skills required. If you’d like tutorial videos for fluting the edges, let me know in the comments below.