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Mom's Pie Crust Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Cameron Rees

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 c. flour
1 short c. shortening
4-6 T. ice cold water

Directions:
Directions:
Cut the shortening into the flour. Add the water mix by hand with a fork just enough to bind ingredients. Start with 4 T. of water, increasing to 6 T. if needed. Dough should relatively dry and crumbly but have enough moisture to hold together

Dump dough out onto a floured work surface and knead just enough to bring the dough together. Don't overwork or it will get tough.

Separate the dough into two equal sized pieces, wrap in plastic wrap and allow to rest in the refrigerator for at least an hour.

Roll each piece in to a 8-9" circle, whatever your pie pans need. Carefully transfer the first piece of rolled out dough to the pan, gently forming it to the pan with your fingers. Fill with filling of our choice, and then add the second piece of rolled out dough over the top. Fold the edges of the top piece under the edges of the bottom piece, trimming off the excess if needed. Crimp together with your fingers to seal.

Brush the top of the pie with milk to help with browning and sprinkle lightly with sugar and bake according to the directions for the pie you're making.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Mom made the best pies! The crusts were always flavorful and flaky and amazingly good. Her apple pie was my favorite and that was always my birthday request.

A couple of tips on the recipe...

Mom preferred to use butter-flavored shortening. Play around with both and use what you like best. She also tended to leave the salt out of a lot of recipes...I'd add a little for flavor, probably about a teaspoon, but play around with that too. Mom wrote some notes out for me when I asked her to help me learn how to make pie crust.

"Secret to flaky crust is to use ice cold water and mix quickly. Press together with a fork. Handle as little as possible."

And here's my favorite... "Probably should call me before you start so I can explain fully how to mix."

Mom was the best!



 

 

 

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