I admit it, I hate pie crust, that is all pie crust except mom’s “very best” pie crust! It seems like it is usually so difficult to make a pie crust that tastes great and also has a good texture. Here’s mom’s famous homemade pie crust recipe which really is the VERY BEST! Make some extra to freeze and use later and you’ll cut your preparation time for your next pie!
The Very Best Pie Crust Recipe
3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 cups shortening, cold
1 egg, cold
1 Tbsp. vinegar, cold
5 Tbsp. cold water
Mix flour, salt and 2 Tbsp. sugar in a bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives. Add egg, vinegar and 3 tablespoons water. Mix lightly. If dough is too dry, add more water. Mix with hands. Don’t over mix. Mix just until the dough sticks together. Divide into thirds. Roll out to make 3 pie crusts. When using the crust for the top of the pie sprinkle sugar on top. Crust can be frozen in slightly flatten balls and then defrosted and rolled out when ready to use. Makes 3 crusts.
Graham Cracker Crust
1 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
Combine and press into a pan. Use a spring form pan if you have one. Alternatively, a 9 inch pie pan will work, too.
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From A Reader:
I purchase frozen pies most of the time. My husband prefers peach. To make them “more like Mama’s” when they come out of the oven, I sprinkle the tops of the pies with a few sprinkles of granulated sugar & a few sprinkles of cinnamon. I always have multiple compliments on my “homemade pies”.
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Terri H., Pahrump, NV
Thanks for the great tip Terri. You can add the sugar before you bake it too. Try carving your last name initial in the top crust before you bake it with a knife. You would really have them fooled then. : )