Saturday, November 21, 2009

Mom's Best Ever Pie Crust


I always like to do as much cooking ahead of Thanksgiving as I can, so the day before is when I make my casseroles, side dishes and pies, but this year I decided to make my pie crust ahead of time and freeze it and that's just what I finished doing this afternoon. I made up two batches of pie crust and popped them in the freezer and then on Tuesday evening I'll put them in the fridge to thaw out overnight and then all I have to do is roll em' out and fill em' up!

Mom's Best Ever Pie Crust

3 cups flour
1 cup shortening
1/3 cold water
1 egg, beaten
2 Tblsp vinegar
1/2 tsp salt

Put flour into a large bowl and add shortening. Cut shortening into flour with a pastry cutter until it resembles very coarse cornmeal. Mix together we ingredients in a small bowl and add to the flour mixture. Add salt. Gently stir with a fork until all is moistened and dough forms a nice ball. Divide into 4 small balls of dough and roll out as needed.

Note/Tips:
  • For the shortening I like to use Crisco butter flavored shortening.
  • If you don't have a pastry cutter use 2 butter knives and cut the shortening by using criss cross cutting motions.
  • For a tender flaky pie crust use ice water for your cold water.
  • Be gentle with the dough and don't overwork it.
  • To freeze dough wrap each ball tightly in plastic wrap and then place into a freezer bag. Dough will freeze nicely for up to 3 months.

4 comments:

The French Bear said...

Thank you Cathy, I am always looking for pastry recipes to try!
Happy Thanksgiving to you!
Hugs,
Margaret B

bj said...

I just spent the day making a Chocolate Pecan pie and a Pumpkin Cheesecake and popped them into the freezer. Boiled my potatoes and, when cool, slipped them into a ziplock bag and into the freezer. Also made my dressing and when I bake the turkey, the broth can go into my dressing. The more i can get done beforehand, the more I can enjoy the day with my family...
Happiest Thanksgiving..

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Thanks so much for the recipe. Can't wait to try it! Happy Thanksgiving!
xoxo
Donna

Christine said...

This is the same recipe I have used for years!!!! My Mom also gave it to me from a church cookbook. My Mom made her pie crust from scratch, without measuring, just by feel!!!! This gene skipped me , unfortunately, had several pie crust flops, this one never fails me!!! Noe, along with Pillsbury!!
Christine