Pie Dough Recipe

Pie Dough
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
7 Tablespoons cold water

Mix the flour and salt together and then cut the shortening (Vegetable shortening, like Crisco, works best) into the flour until it is small pea size.  Add the water and mix together with a fork.  DO NOT PLAY WITH THE DOUGH or it will get tough.  Turn it out on the counter and roll it out.  This will not look pretty and you will lose some flour, but if done correctly it will make the crust flaky.  This recipe will make enough dough for two single pies or one pie with a top and of course some leftover pie dough cookies.

If you don’t like the above recipe then try the following recipe.  This in the recipe that my mom likes to make because she can freeze it ahead of time, a good food storage idea, and it always comes out flaky – hence the name “Never-Fail Pie Crust”.

Never-Fail Pie Crust
4 cups flour (not sifted)
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 ¾ cups solid vegetable shortening
1 Tablespoon vinegar
1 egg
½ cup water

Mix flour, sugar and salt together with a fork.  Add shortening and cut into flour until crumbly.  Beat together vinegar, egg and water.  Combine with flour, stirring with fork to moisten ingredients.  Shape with hands into 5 flat, round patties ready for rolling.  Wrap each patty in foil or plastic wrap and store in freezer until ready to use.  When ready to roll pie crust, remove pastry from freezer (a.k.a. your food storage) and thaw in refrigerator.  Roll out, fill with desired filling (eggs and cheese this time), bake and enjoy.  Just remember – food storage can TASTE GOOD!

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