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Butter or Shortening 
 
Apr. 14, 2012 10:55 am 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2012 3:11 pm
My first memory of making pastry is from when I was about 12 years old.  We had cooking class at school and we were making apple pie.  The recipe is the only one that I have used for shortcrust pastry since then,   well with one exception, which I will talk about in a minute.  The recipe is very simple.  2 cups all purpose flour, 1 cup butter, a pinch of salt, and enough ice water to bring the pastry together. that's it.  Chill for an hour or so and voila, enough shortcrust pastry for a double crust pie.

The exception that I mentioned, happened just a couple of weeks ago.  I was making a recipe (which shall remain nameless) from this very site.  The recipe called for making pastry using half butter and half shortening.  I decided on a whim to actually follow the recipe lol.  Made the pastry according to directions.  Put it in the fridge to chill.  Rolled out the pastry and disaster.  Every time I tried to pick up the pastry to turn it or to continue with the next part of the recipe the pastry tore.  Didn't matter how much flour I used or whether I chilled it longer, no way was I going to be able to use this pastry.  I even put it back into the fridge overnight.  The disaster still tore  every time I tried to move it.    Luckily, I still had enough butter in the fridge to make my old standby. 

Apple Pie with All Butter Shortcrust Pastry.


This pastry can also be used for savory pies.  This is AllRecipes Steak and Irish Stout Pie


So as you can see, it is butter all the way from me. You can find some really good recipes using butter at this site:  http://goboldwithbutter.supranet.net/

 I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador(a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on AllRecipes.com - Thoughts from my Kitchen. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, pelicangal aka Jan Elton 
 
 
Comments
Apr. 14, 2012 11:31 am
Great job! XOXO
 
Bibi 
Apr. 14, 2012 11:49 am
Makes my mouth water, pelicangal! Beautiful pix!
 
Apr. 14, 2012 12:22 pm
Gorgeous photos!
 
Apr. 14, 2012 12:41 pm
Thanks Cindy, Bibi and Mauigirl. Haven't tried the apple pie yet (just made it this morning) but the steak pie was delicious.
 
Apr. 14, 2012 3:17 pm
Its funny how each of us develops our own way of doing things and swear by them and then when we try to veer off the path, we just can't make it happen. Pie crust has always been my nemesis and once I found the method and ingredients that worked for me (after more than 40 years), I just can't bring myself to stray. Stick with what works (especially if its butter!!)
 
Apr. 14, 2012 6:08 pm
Inspiration! I might just have to try makng a pie crust :-)
 
Apr. 14, 2012 6:17 pm
Total envy! For the life of me I can not make a pretty pie crust but I use the same recipe and it always tastes good! Just not that pretty :(
 
Apr. 14, 2012 6:40 pm
Looks good.
 
Apr. 15, 2012 8:22 am
Thanks Cooking Up a Storm, I totally agree. I will never again use shortening in my pie crust
 
Apr. 15, 2012 8:23 am
DelMarGirl, way to go you can do it.
 
Apr. 15, 2012 8:23 am
Cat Hill, so long as it tastes good. That is what counts.
 
Apr. 15, 2012 8:24 am
Thanks King Sparta
 
Apr. 15, 2012 3:11 pm
I know but it would be nice if it were pretty too :)
 
 
 
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About Me
I am semi retired. My husband and I both retired at the same time and moved to Brookings to be near the ocean and my sil. I couldn't stand the thought of staying home and cleaning house all day so I got a part time job. I now work 3-4 days a week and it keeps me busy.
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook all kinds of things. I try out new recipes all the time and I even cook lots of things that I don't personally like, for instance I do not like sweets but I bake cakes, cookies and breads for my friends and neighbors. I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador(a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on AllRecipes.com - Thoughts from my Kitchen. The reviews, content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me, pelicangal aka Jan Elton
My favorite family cooking traditions
I always make beef wellington for Christmas.
My cooking triumphs
Winning the Best in show and the Judges choice ribbons along with 11 other blue ribbons at the 2006 Curry County Fair. They were for canning. My pickle relish won Judges choice and my pineapple marmalade won best in show.
My cooking tragedies
Too numerous to list here in only 1000 characters. But one is when my husband and I were first together, I stayed home from work to cook his favorite meal (spaghetti and meatballs). I had just tried to open a can of tomato sauce when the can exploded and I was covered with it. He came home at just that minute and he about burst an artery from laughing.
 
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