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Pie and Pastry Crusts

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Almond Tart Crust
This makes enough for a 9" crust.

1 1/4 c flour 1/2 c butter, chilled
1/2 c blanched slivered almonds 3/4 t almond extract
1/4 c sugar 2 T cold water
1/4 t salt  

In food processor, blend flour, almonds, sugar and salt until nuts are finely ground. Using pulse tab, cut in butter until coarse meal texture develops. Add in extract and enough water to form moist clumps in the dough. Turn out onto lightly floured surface and knead briefly to incorporate and combine into a ball. Flatten and wrap, chill before use.

Source 51.

Vanilla Wafer Cookie Crust
The lime zest is optional, depending on what your filling will be. This is nice for a lime pie, and makes a thin crust.

36 vanilla wafer cookies 1/2 t lime zest
1/4 c butter, melted  

In food processor, finely grind the cookies. Add in the butter and zest and process until the mixture is moistened. Pour this mixture into a 9" pie pan and press onto bottom and sides. Bake in a 350 degree oven until the edges begin to turn golden brown.

Source 4.

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