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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  1. That looks amazing!! Homemade pie crust is something I've only tried once. It's so much better than the store bought type so I really need to work on it.

    Happy Summer friend!

  2. JEMMA!!!!!!! That's my girl. "As long as I'm not hurting anybody!" YES. Let's just do what we dream of, right? I know that the years of love, expertise developed and fun will be chronicaled so perfectly. This is EXCITING!!!

  3. You are so good to make homemade pie crust. Julia would not be proud of me I use the Pillsbury already to go pie crust that you just roll into your pie pan lol! I like the crust they make and it is easy to use. I am sure it does not match up to this one. I might have to try the recipe sometime and compare. Happy New Week. xoxo Kris

  4. I bet it was more than just homemade food that made your guests feel special and at home. You are so joyful and funny that just being in the same room with you would make anyone smile. Thanks for the tips and recipe. I've always wanted to make a good pie crust but have never been able too. I'll try the "don't handle it to much" and using my hands next time. Pinned

  5. Oh Jemma, I loved watching the little video and hearing your sweet Southern accent.
    You know, I've been told that I have an accent also, and was surprised because I'm
    from California, but I guess different states have their own delightful accents, don't they? This peach dessert looks so Yummy. I hope you have a wonderful time with your family that's coming in. I'm sure thet feel right at home at grandma Jemma's house. You are an incredible baker, and you always present your food with such
    goodness. : )


  6. Your pie looks delicious and I am sure your family enjoyed every single bite. I hope that you are doing well dear Jemma. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  7. I am sharing this recipe with all of my family girls! Pies are a huge hit in our family gatherings. Thanks for sharing.


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