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One-Hundred-One-Year-Old Pastry Recipe

One-Hundred-One-Year-Old Pastry Recipe

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"This is an old pie crust recipe, made with egg and vinegar, along with the usual ingredients."

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  1. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut shortening into the flour until it is the size of peas.
  2. In a 2 cup measuring cup, beat the egg lightly. Add vinegar, then fill to 1 1/2 cups with cold water.
  3. Add just enough liquid to flour mixture to hold the dough together. It should be approximately 4 tablespoons. Reserve remaining liquid for your next batch of dough.
  4. Handle dough as little as possible. Roll out and use as desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Apr 16, 2004

I'm a professional pie maker and have used this recipe for years. Produces a flakey brown crust. When you add the water and mix slightly transfer all ingredients to plastic bag and finish mixing in bag and store in refrigerator. This eliminates handling too much.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 02, 2007

This was okay. It's pretty flaky, but lacking in flavour. I would make it again, using part butter. I did like the way the bottom crust held up to my juicy blueberry pie, not at all soggy. As well, it rolled out really nicely (I rolled it out between plastic wrap, no addtional flour needed).


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Jan 12, 2004

My mother was an excellent pie baker. This is the crust recipe she always used and it's wonderful! I had lost it through the years, so I really appreciate having it again. Thanks!

Oct 11, 2005

Wow! I come from a long line of women who are known far and wide for their exceptionally bad pastry, and I definately fit into the family tree. I have tried dozens of pastry recipes and at best they resemble soggy cardboard or old shoe leather. I have made this recipe twice now, and both times it's been nice and flakey, just like my MIL makes!!

Feb 13, 2012

This was a great pastry crust. Did use lard instead of shortening - did they have shortening 101 years ago? WARNING - you will not be using the entire 1 1/2 water! I used my food processor to pulse the fat and flour into crumbs - it really helps to have your fat cold when making any pastry. After assembling the pie I used some of the left over egg / vinegar / water to brush the top crust. It worked out really nicely for chicken pot pie.

Mar 24, 2012

this dough was sooooooooooooo greasy! Yes it was fine to work with but....not cool with the amount of shortening. I used half of the mixed wet ingredients called for. Anyway...I went at it again with my own proportions (to use up rest of liquids) and with 1/2 the shortening and it was much better.

Dec 24, 2006

this isn't exactly great for flakey pastry puff kind of dough, but it's really good for the bottom of savory pies. i use it often.

Apr 30, 2006

The first time I made this, it didn't turn out so well, but I tried it again with the leftover liquid, and it was extremely good and flaky! I had to use closer to six tablespoons of liquid though, not four, to hold the dough together properly. Mixing in the bag helped a lot. Thanks for that suggestion!


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  • Calories
  • 189 kcal
  • 9%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 14.9 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 13.3 g
  • 20%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 2.4 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 77 mg
  • 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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