Friday, November 21, 2014

Perfect Pie Crust

There are certain recipes that every cook should have in their arsenal.

A great chocolate chip cookie recipe, chicken soup, spaghetti, brownies, pancakes/waffles, and pie crust.  Everyone needs a good pie crust recipe.  Sure you can get away with using the pre-made crust (and I have on many occasions), but there is nothing like homemade pie crust to add something special to your food.

This recipe is pretty basic, and comes together really fast.  This particular recipe makes enough for 2 9-inch crusts (or 1 two-crust pie).

Perfect Pie Crust


2 c. cake flour (you can use all-purpose, but remove 2 Tbs of flour per cup and replace it with an equal amount of cornstarch)
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 c. shortening
1/2 c. cold butter (cut into pieces)
1 tsp salt
1/2 c. ice cold water
1 Tbs vinegar


Sift together the flours with the salt.  Cut in the butter and shortening until it resembles course crumbs.  In a separate small bowl, mix the water with the vinegar, then add it to the other mixture until the dough just comes together.

Roll out on a floured surface and place in your pie plate.

Bake according to your pie recipe directions (I made a filled pie and baked mine at 450 for 11-13 minutes).


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