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Inside The Kitchen: How To Make Basic Pie Dough

In the next few days I’m going to post how to make a ‘torta’ – or a Maltese meat pie. It’s absolutely one of my all time favorite things to eat. I used to live with my grandmother growing up and she would make this for me at least once a week. SO GOOD.

In the meantime, let’s get the basics down – how to make dough. I spent a few hours with my family last night and had my grandmother WORKING IT in the kitchen. So, I do have to thank her for her efforts.


Step 1: Take 3 cups of flour and 2 sticks of butter at room temperature and put them in a bowl.



Step 2: Mix. As you work the dough, you will notice a lot of the butter will stick to your hands. Rub them together and put back into bowl and mix again. Mix. Mix. Mix. Pour 1/2 cup of water into mixture and combine. Then pour 1/4 cup of water into mixture and combine once again. When you are finished, it should look like this:


Step 3: Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

You’re… DONE!!!  It’s not that hard at all! {Editor’s note: We didn’t ad any salt because the meat that goes in this pie is very salty. Depending on your recipe, you might want to season with salt.} – Stay tuned! The ‘torta’ is coming up tomorrow!!

Do you have a recipe you’d like to share? Please shoot me an email and send along pictures and step by step instructions. I can’t wait to get an invite to inside your kitchen!

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.


  1. You told us very detailed.I can’t wait to try by myself.

  2. […] Basic Pie Dough (I posted this recipe yesterday) […]

    • Victor Camilleri : July 9, 2011 at 6:41 pm

      My mom died recently, and we were all talking about her riccotta pie – do you have a recipe for riccotta pie??

  3. I am going to gain so much weight if I continue to read your personal blog!


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