My mom's crust recipe, and Gram's before her. Of course, Gram used lard, and you can too, if you want the ultimate in pie crust. :)
I cheat and use my electric mixer rather then a pastry blender- it's faster and easier- just blend on a low speed till the mixture resembles...corn meal? Sort of like that. It only takes a minute or so.
This recipe really should make enough for 2 crusts, but if you're using deep dishes, you may want to add a third to it- 3 cups flour, 1 cup shortening, etc. And definitely add your water a tablespoon at a time- different types of flour, differing humidities, and so on will all affect the amount of water needed.
The less you handle it after adding water, the flakier and more tender it will be.
My sister now uses half butter, half Crisco, and swears by it- I'll try that today.
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My mom's crust recipe, and Gram's before her. Of course, Gram used lard, and you can too, if...