I've found two great tutorials for making pie dough though: one that uses a mixer, and the other that swears by hand mixing.
- Beyond Salmon has a great tutorial, with loads of pictures, and it was the first time I made perfect pie dough. There are even additional detailed baking instructions. I made the tomato and onion tart for Christmas last year and it was divine!
- Smitten Kitchen, one of my all time favourite food bloggers, recently posted a follow up post on how to make really flakey pie dough. The original, easy to follow, fool proof pie crust tutorial can be found here. I have to say, I'm completely with her on the no-shortening thing (I hate the taste and texture). The combined tips and explanations from both of these bloggers has helped my confidence immensely when it comes to pie making.
I know there are probably a gazillion more posts out there on how to get the perfect pastry, but these two have given me the most help and inspiration, and have yielded the best results, so I haven't bothered to look further. Having said that, if you've got any tips to share I'd love to hear them! I love having little collections of ideas on a topic!
Tomato and onion tart by Beyond Salmon