Yes, I know you can go to the store and get pre-made pie crusts - and yes, they are a great thing for working people. Nice to be able to make an almost homemade pie when you don't have time for a completely homemade pie. Wouldn't surprise me if a lot of young people have never tasted an actual home made pie crust and I think that is a shame. Really doesn't take that much time and it tastes so much better. Far more of a mindfully pie experience.
3 cups flour
1 t salt
1 cup shortening
1 t white vinegar
5 T very cold water
together the flour and salt. Then cut in the shortening with a fork
continuing until you have a nice coarse meal appearance. Under cutting
is one reason a pie crust or for that matter a baking powder biscuit
will fail. So do this mindfully and well.
In a separate bowl, beat the egg, vinegar and water with a fork. Add it to the four mixture and blend thoroughly.
Press into two balls and allow to rest for about five minutes.
using a rolling pin and a clean well floured surface, press one ball
fairly flat and as circular as you can. I like my Tupperware surface
which has circles in the design for you to follow as a sizing guide. Wax
paper will do in a pinch, just invert the pan over it periodically to find out if you've rolled it out enough. Sprinkle liberally with flour and roll from
the center to an edge, turn about 1/4 of the way, repeat, in fact,
repeat the entire thing repeatedly (:D) until the circle is large enough
to overhand the edges of your pie pan.
onto your pan gently press so there's no trapped air underneath. If
there are places that were too thin, just remove a hunk of the
overhanging crust, lightly dampen the piece with water and press into
the offending area.
Prepare the top crust in the same way. After you add
your pie filling, top, crimp the edges together with your fingers, cut
off the excess crust, and finally make some decorative yet functional
air ways for steam to escape with a very sharp knife.
can get fancy and cut the top crust into 1/2 inch long slices and weave
a basket looking design on the top - pretty and very festive for a
Fill it with whatever pie filling
you like. I really like this crust for apple pie. Or, use the crusts for
two pumpkin or other open top pies.
One taste and you'll be hooked and unable to eat those un-mindful prepared crusts...well, at least you'll know the difference.