Saturday, June 1, 2013

Bread Machine Adventures: Pie Crust

Continuing with making things other than bread in a bread machine, I made some pie crust using the "Pasta Dough" cycle. It was easier than doing it by hand and came out well. Here it is in the bread pan at the end of the cycle, which only takes 14 minutes:

I opened it up while it was going through the cycle to move things around. Some of it was getting stuck on the sides and not blending, like it was doing with the cookie dough. That seemed to help.

The recipe said it makes two crusts, so I made a 9" berry pie to use up the rest of the berries I had left over after making the jam. I think you could probably get three crusts out of it, actually. I had some pie dough left over after rolling out two thicker-than-usual crusts; I used the leftover dough to make a small cobbler in a ramekin. I think the crusts were a little too thick, so I'll try rolling out three instead next time.

I cut a pi symbol in the crust for Ed (it was 3/14--Pi Day).

Sorry, no "after" photos are available, but it looked like above, except baked, and tasted good.

I got the dough recipe from a bread machine manual I found online (same brand as ours but different model). It calls for either cold butter or shortening. I didn't have any shortening (and don't typically use it), so I used unsalted butter. For the filling, I used the Fresh Berry Pie recipe in the Joy of Cooking cookbook.

I plan to make another batch soon, so I can try a toaster pastry recipe with some of our jam. I'll post about that when it happens.

It might seem kind of lazy to let the bread machine mix your pie crust, but it was pretty fast, didn't make a mess, and turned out well. Works for me.


  1. What ingredients and how much did you use to put in in the bread machine?

  2. If you open the link to the bread machine manual (, the recipe is on p. 84 (p. 87 of the PDF). But if that doesn't work for some reason, I used (in this order) 1/2 cup cold water, 1 1/2 sticks cold butter (cut into pieces), 1/2 tsp salt, and 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour. Thanks for your question!

  3. Thanks I call it multitasking! Not lazy! I am going to try it for sure. I think it would take the anxiety out of the equation for some who would like to try pie crust. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love this recipe it worked the very first time and I only had margarine in the fridge. Using good old fashioned butter today. My hands were saved by using bread machine to mix thank you

  5. Hello I don't have a pasta dough setting on my bread machine is their another setting I can use?

    1. Hello Patricia, based on what I have read, you could try the Basic Dough setting. It takes more time, but it should work. If you do try it, let me know how it turns out!

  6. So excited to try this recipe in my new breadman machine! thank you