This simple variation on a classic recipe can be the basis for a lot of great pie and tart recipes. Be sure to use the finest butter and cocoa that you can get your hands upon. I think this crust works especially well in custard pies. Although, I bet it would be great with fruit fillings as well! Click "Read More" for the details...
Yield: 1 Crust
1 cup flour
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1 stick butter
1-2 tsp cold water (you may not use it all)
Stand Mixer or Food Processor
Begin by placing the flour, sugar, and cocoa powder into either your stand mixer's bowl, or food processor.
Fit your stand mixer with the paddle or your food processor with the blade.
Dice the stick of butter into roughly tablespoon-size bits. Turn on your respective machine and begin feeding in the butter into the bowl a bit at a time. Continue to add the butter until it is all incorporated into the mixture.
At this point, your dough should be very crumbly. As the mixer is running, begin adding the cold water a bit at a time. Your dough will begin to gather together and form a ball. As soon as the dough begins to gather, stop adding any additional water and stop the mixer/processor when a rough ball begins to form. Turn the ball of dough out onto a floured work surface. Roll it into a pie crust or use in any way that you see fit. Enjoy!:)
-Carlos a.k.a. "Chop"