Recipe by Jan Bittner
"My grandmother supported her family during the Depression by baking. This is her recipe for pie crust. I use this often as I am a pie baker. The trick to good pie crust is to be gentle and treat it very lightly."
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1 1/2 cups
fantastic pie crust! not too greasy, very easy to work with and very, very flaky. one quick note from past experiences, add the ice water one tablespoon at a time and toss with a fork after each addition.
This was too greasy and almost TOO tender for me - the crust was falling apart in the finished product! I will use 1/3 cup shortening next time and up the water by a couple of Tbsp.
I have now used this recipe in the following recipes: Apple Pie by Grandma Ople (from this website), Perfect Pumpkin Pie (from this website), a broccoli quiche (my mom's recipe), and a spinach and mushroom quiche (also my mom's recipe). This pie crust has been perfect every time, and makes whatever dish it is in a hundred times better. I have adopted this recipe as my everything pie crust recipe.
Good also if you substitute shortening with butter or margarin.
Very good! I added a couple tsp. of white sugar to give it a little extra sweetness. They say the sugar makes the dough stickier and harder to work with and to add confectioners sugar instead, but it seemed to work out fine for me. I used tips from this site and froze the shortening (use butter flavored...great taste!) before cutting it into the flour (it doesn't freeze, it just gets very cold) and I used ICE water. I then refrigerated for 30 minutes prior to rolling out. After I rolled it and placed it in the pan, I refrigerated another 30 minutes before putting my filling in (pumpkin..YUM!). This resulted in a good tasting, flaky crust.
A great pie crust! I use 1/4 c. shortening and 1/4 c. butter. I also use ice water, one tablespoon at a time. For a no-bake pie (such as my favorite, fresh strawberry), bake at 400 degrees for about 10 minutes. For a pie which isn't as sweet, I would also add about 1 tablespoon of sugar to the flour.
This is the first pie crust recipe that I've used where I got consistent results. I didn't do anything special. I didn't refrigerate the fat to get it super cold...none of that. I just followed the recipe word for word and my crust was perfectly flaky. Thanks!
Incredible. The only thing I changed is I used unsalted butter instead of shortening. Was a breeze and was so good.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Pie Crust IV
Serving Size: 1/8 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 117
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