Julia Child and Her Homemade Pie Crust

June 27, 2021

Oh, how I adore Julia Child, the famous chef and television personality. It isn’t just her great cooking know how and recipes- it is her! She viewed her cooking as a calling and left a dynamic culinary legacy. With this having been said I am here today to share Julia's Pate Brisee. Pate Brisee is the French version of a classic pie or tart pastry. Interesting fact is that by pressing the dough into a disc and chilling it rather than shaping the dough in a ball, it allows the pastry dough to chill faster. I have some photos to share, a video and of course the recipe below.

Julia Child and Her Homemade Pie Crust

Gathering Around The Table

I always equate hospitality and food together, gathering around the table is timeless.

 A welcoming home is the place of comfort, kindness, caring and good conversations. I just don't believe there is anything quite as loving as preparing food. When my husband's two Sister's, Brother and Father paid us a visit for a couple of nights I knew exactly how I was going to make them feel at home and that was with homemade food.

Julia Child and Her Homemade Pie Crust

The Key To Tender Pastry

I have made plenty of pie crusts in my baking life and I have many tricks to the trade.
One huge one is don't overhandle the dough, keep it tender.
Seriously, if you are fortunate enough to have dough that is fragile and tender, you will have an extraordinary pie crust and that is a real promise.
Bread dough, sugar cookie dough etc... follow along those same lines, but that is for another recipe and another day.
Naturally Julia's Homemade Pie Crust, a  is so tender you'll want to add much more flour..
But DON'T.
We just want the dough to form into a ball.
If necessary just add enough flour a little at a time so the dough won't stick too much when rolling it out.

Julia Child and Her Homemade Pie Crust

Pastry Cutter, Food Processor, Paddle Attachment or by Hand...

So many choices!

This recipe can be made with a food processor, paddle attachment on mixer, pastry cutter or by hand!

Don't you just love a recipe that you can call your own. Leave it to Julia.

However, I prefer to make my Pie crusts by hand. I used to have a pastry cutter, but it annoyed me because the flour and butter would get caught in the blades.

 I don't know, maybe I just need to update some of my baking tools!

Anyway I cut the butter and crisco into the flour with a knife and then finished the blending with my fingers.

I felt very French and very culinary and I did like that! I hope that Julia would be proud of this Grandma.

Julia Child and Her Homemade Pie Crust

Julia Child and Her Homemade Pie Crust Also Known as Pate Brisee

This is a combination crust of butter and shortening. My all time favorite way to make a crust.

Julia Child and Her Homemade Pie Crust
Julia Child and Her Homemade Pie Crust

You see here are the discs I was speaking of. I wrapped them in plastic wrap and popped them in the fridge for just about an hour and a half. Very nice pastry dough to work with.

Julia Child and Her Homemade Pie Crust

I will be sharing the Homemade Peach filling recipe for this pie this week. I just felt it was too much information in one blog post.

Jemma's Country Cookbook

I have some fun news to share with you, well at least it's fun to me! Throughout the years I have been asked to put together a cookbook, flower book and craft book. I hesitated and I don't really know why....Well I am a point in life where I am not hesitating any more about much of anything! As long as it isn't illegal I am going for the gusto!

Julia Child and Her Homemade Pie Crust

Jemma's Country Cook Book will be coming out the first week of August. You will find a small collection of desserts, breads, salads, main meals and side dishes. Each recipe has been tested many, many times by me and my family!

 Shall we get to cooking!

For a little more insight into the fascinating Marriage of Julia and Paul Child just click here!

Hope you will join us!
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