Just don't fly by the seat of your pants [or white denim skirt] like I did last night. I was hungry, it was after 8:30 when I was making the quiche for Dan and me...what can I say. Some nights are like that.
I love Melissa Clark's food writing--it's charming, refers to her husband, young daughter, dad and more--and her recipes in The New York Times are tops. I enjoy listening when she's on NPR [WNYC radio]. I also like her style; she is very pretty and personable. I've seen her in videos on nytimes.com.
I own just one of her cookbooks and like everything I've made from it, including Un-Pumpkin Pie [Caramelized Butternut Squash Pie with Brandy]. You roast the squash in the oven first. It doesn't call for much sugar but is made with freshly grated ginger. My mouth is watering. The book is called In the Kitchen with a Good Appetite.
Anyway, for my friend Kim and anyone who wants to make a healthier piecrust, with more fiber and less white flour, here is my tweak of Melissa's Perfect Piecrust recipe. The dough is rich and forgiving and bakes into a very tasty crust. Dan and I loved the quiche, at 10 p.m., when it was still warm from the oven and again this morning, for breakfast, at room temperature. [There are two wedges left, 24 hours later.] My fail was that Melissa says to chill dough in the fridge for at least one hour, and I did maybe 15 minutes...so it was sticky and harder to roll.....and crimp. It was uneven on the edges. Melissa calls for a food processor, but mine is tiny, so I used a handheld mixer. It's all good.
Perfect Piecrust [adapted from Melissa Clark's recipe]
Makes one 9-inch single piecrust. Recipe can be doubled for a 2-crust pie, but then divide dough into 2 balls before chilling.
3/4 cup all-purpose white flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour [you can play with the ratio, doing 3/4 cup whole wheat and 1/2 cup white, etc.]
1/4 teaspoon coarse-grain salt [I used some harvested in Chatham, on Cape Cod!]
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 to 5 tablespoons ice water
- Place flours and salt in bowl. Use handheld mixer on low speed to combine.
- Add butter and combine on medium speed until the mixture forms chickpea-size pieces.
- Add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and mix just until dough is just moist enough to hold together. [I needed 3 tablespoons.]
- Form dough into ball, wrap with plastic, flatten into a disc. Refrigerate at least one hour before rolling out and baking.