How to Press a Piecrust
WHAT YOU NEED
- pie dough
- cutting board
- sharp knife
- pie plate
Slice the chilled dough
Start with a piece of dough that’s been formed into a disk and chilled. Place it on a cutting board and slice it into 1/4-inch-thick pieces with a sharp knife.
Tip: Make sure the dough is well chilled so it won’t become sticky as you work with it.
Line the pie plate with the slices
Place the pieces of pie dough along the bottom of your pie plate in a single layer. Bend and break pieces of dough as needed, fitting them together like a puzzle, until you fill up the entire bottom of the plate.
Tip: If you have any extra dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator or freezer for another use.
Press dough against the pie plate
Starting at the center and working your way out toward the sides, press the pieces of dough together with your fingertips, maintaining an even thickness.
Tip: Flour your fingers as you work so the dough doesn’t stick to them.
Mold and push crust up the edges
When you reach the edges, start pressing the dough up the sides of the pie plate with the fingertips of one hand, slowly turning the plate with the other, until you’ve completed the entire edge. Starting at the center of the pie plate and working your way to the edges, pat the dough to make sure it feels even in thickness.