I think I have finally found a pie crust dough that works!! Finally! it can truly be "easy as pie!" I just wanted to do a test batch, so I made 1/4 of the recipe, wondering if it would even work, 'cause that ends up being only 2 Tbsps of hot water. I used Spectrum Naturals Organic Shortening and followed the recipe exactly. After stirring until the dough came together, I dumped it out on a sheet of parchment paper, formed it into a flat 1/2 disk, covered with Saran Wrap, and popped into the 'fridge for MAYBE 2 or 3 min. After clearing off my counter, I pulled the dough packet out of the fridge, placed the whole shebang on the back side of a cookie sheet and using a smooth-sided water bottle (cuz I can't find my rolling pin), VERY easily rolled the whole thing out into an oblong, roughly 1/4" thick. I took the Saran Wrap off, sprinkled some sugar and cinnamon over the top of the dough, and put the whole thing into a pre-heated 450 degree oven for about 10 min. It came out tender and flaky and crisp - just like a pie dough should. Good flavor too! I was inspired to do more with this than just eat it :) - so I spread some left-over homemade cream cheese frosting over the crust while still warm, then evenly spooned on some warm spiced chunky applesauce I'd just made. I cut this up into "chunks" (wow! was that crust tender and flaky to cut through!) and it makes an awesome flat apple tart! :D
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I think I have finally found a pie crust dough that works!! Finally! it can truly be "easy...