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Simple Pie Crust Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Denise Sypesteyn
Added: Thursday, June 12, 2008

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 1/2 cups pastry flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 baking powder
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 cup shortening
6-8 tsp Ice water

Directions:
Directions:
Sift flour, salt and baking powder into a cold bowl. Add shortening, cutting into the flour with fork or two knives until flour becomes pea sized balls. Add enough ice water only to bind. Do not overwork the dough! Place it on a floured surface. Cut in half and gently form into flat round shape. Wrap in plastic wrap in the refrigerator to keep cool for about 30 minutes. Roll out to 1/4" thickness, place in pie pan and pour in your favorite filling. Perforate dough with a fork for ventilation. Fold other half and slit at fold to create air vents. Place on top filling and pinch edges with a little water to seal. Use fork to create nice fluted edge. Sprinkle to with cinnamon and sugar (optional), or brush a little milk on top for a glossy color.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
My mother always took the time to make her pie crusts from scratch, and there is no store bought version that truly compares. Details make the difference to a perfectly flaky crust. The ice water and gentle handling of the dough is crucial.

 

 

 

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