My initial impression during the making process: HOT MESS!!! My impression during the eating process: HOT LAVA!!! I halved this recipe for the "Sweet Potato Pie I" recipe. I, too, am pretty bad at the cold water method, though I have found success with the cold water and vodka style. However, with this pie I didn't really want to go through the angst of keeping my ingredients cold. Honestly, I found the process remarkably messy. Probably because I didn't chill it after mixing, my dough just didn't come together at all. I tried the usual plastic wrap ball then rolling it between wax paper and flipping it to the pie dish, but it was just a crumbly mess. I just dumped it all in the pie dish and pressed it out to the edges. I let it chill while I prepared the filling. Although I was concerned about wasting good sweet potato pie filling on a disaster crust, I was actually impressed with the outcome, though I do wish I added a bit of sugar. Very soft, crumbly, and flaky--cookie-like almost, not tough at all. If this recipe can go from a mess to amazing, I'm hard pressed to find a way to ruin this recipe. It's practically idiot proof!!! (Also, I didn't have vinegar so I just used triple distilled Smirnoff vodka No. 21. Didn't completely ruin the crust so I guess that's an okay substitution.)
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My initial impression during the making process: HOT MESS!!! My impression during the eating...