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Perfect Pie Crust

12/18/2011

If you have about ten minutes and time to pop a pie in the oven, then you can go from this…

 

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….to this! Pie crust used to be one of those things that I was afraid of. Once I got in there to make it, I found out how really easy it is. It takes no time to put a pie crust together and always comes out flaky and delish!!

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It really doesn’t get much easier than this crust recipe. The flour and crisco are cut together with a pastry cutter. Add in a pinch or two of salt. Mix the water in with a fork. Add in the water a tablespoon at a time and keep adding until you have the right consistency. It should come together as a ball and clean the sides of the bowl. When it forms a dough ball and is not too sticky, then your crust is ready.

 

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This crust was used for an apple pie so it had a double crust. Roll up the crust with the rolling pin and put it in the pie plate. Cut off any extra, leaving enough to pinch the edges of the two crusts together. If doing a double crust pie, be sure to cut a hole or two so that the pie can vent. I had enough dough left to cut out little leaf shapes to go around the edges. Make sure to cover the edge with a crust cover so that it doesn’t burn before the pie is done.

 

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I have never made this crust recipe and had it not work. I always comes out flaky and delish. With Christmas coming up, pies will be baking away in kitchens everywhere. If you are making a pie this holiday season, or any other time, give this pie crust a try. It will be sure to make everyone happy! Enjoy!!

 

Perfect Pie Crust

2 cups flour (you may need 1/3-2/3 more cups of flour)

1 cup shortening

dash of salt

4-6 Tbsp ice cold water

 

Cut the crisco into the flour and salt with a pastry cutter. Add in the water 1 tablespoon at a time and mix with a fork. If the dough feels too sticky, add in the extra flour a little add a time. Once the mix has come together as a dough ball, turn it out on a floured surface to be rolled out.

Roll the dough to the desired thickness for your pie. Make sure the board and rolling pin are floured so that the dough will not stick. Place rolled out crust in the pie plate. Fill with toppings and bake according to pie directions.

 

Meg

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