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Never Fail Pie Crust  American FlagI don’t make pies very often but when I do this is the only pie crust recipe I have used since it was given to me many years ago. Why? Because it makes a crust that is extremely flaky and tender. Don’t believe me? Then try this recipe the next time you make a pie and see if you don’t agree.

Makes 2 crusts

  • 2 C flour*
  • 1 C Crisco
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/3 C cold milk

Do this:
Cut the Crisco into the flour and salt with a pastry cutter until the flour is completely blended into Crisco. Now add the remaining ingredients and mix with a fork… do not over stir or overwork the dough.
Form into a ball and cut in half for each crust. Roll out with rolling pin on a floured pastry form with cloth to a size larger that the pie pan. Place in pie pan. The pie dough will freeze nicely if you are only making a single crust shell. Saves you the mess the next time you make a single shell pie.

Single pie shell:
Prick sides and bottom with fork and bake at Bake at 350º for 25-30 minutes.

*I use only unbleached flour for the reason being that it does not have all the nutrients taken out. Much healthier!

Never Fail Pie Crust Combine flour,salt and Crisco in bowl

Never Fail Pie Crust Work the Crisco into the flour with a pastry cutter

Never Fail Pie Crust Add the cold milk and vinegar. Combine with fork and do not over stir.

Never Fail Pie Crust Form the dough into a ball and cut in half

Never Fail Pie Crust You can safely freeze the remaining dough

Never Fail Pie Crust Roll out the dough into a circle on a floured pastry cloth

Never Fail Pie Crust The dough should be rolled out 2-3 inches larger than your pie pan

Never Fail Pie Crust Place the rolled out dough into your pie pan and turn under the edges for a single crust pie then crimp around the edge.
If you are making a two crust pie you will now fill the pie with the filling of your choice and then lay the top crust on, turn the edges under and flute or crimp edges. It can be a real challenge to flute the edges if you have long fingernails…  I  use the knuckles on my index fingers!

Never Fail Pie Crust Prick the sides and bottom using a fork for a single crust pie before baking. Bake in a 350º oven for 25-30 minutes – cool and fill.

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