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The Very Best Pie Crust Recipe

Here's mom's famous homemade pie crust recipe which really is the VERY BEST! Great pies start with great pie crusts! Super light and flaky, this pie crust is melt in your mouth delicious! Everyone raves about it! Make some extra to freeze and use later and you'll cut your preparation time for your next pie!

Here’s mom’s famous homemade pie crust recipe which really is the VERY BEST! Super light and flaky, this pie crust is melt in your mouth delicious! Everyone raves about it! Make some extra to freeze and use later and you’ll cut your preparation time for your next pie!

Ingredients

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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
sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix flour, salt and 2 Tbsp. sugar in a bowl.
  2. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives.
  3. Add egg, vinegar and 3 tablespoons water.
  4. Mix lightly with your hands. Don’t over mix. If the dough is too dry, add more water. Mix just until the dough sticks together.
  5. Divide into thirds.
  6. Roll out to make 3 pie crusts.
  7. When using the crust for the top of the pie, sprinkle sugar on top.

The crust can be frozen in slightly flattened balls and then defrosted and rolled out when ready to use. Makes 3 crusts.