Flaky and flavorful pie crust perfect any type of pie. This recipe is quick and easy to make, it’s perfect for your holiday pies or any time of the year.
This pie crust never fails to produce a wonderful texture and a flavor perfect for just about any style of pie. I use it to make fruit pies, chocolate pies, and even pecan pies.
It produces four 9″ crusts, which makes it perfect for holiday baking. But it can easy be cut in half without any other changes if you only want to bake one or two pies.
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Try this recipe: Classic pie crust recipe
How to Make a Homemade Pie Pastry using Shortening
If you like easy crust recipes, then this will be your go to shortening version. It is as simple as any crust recipe out there.
But the flavor and texture far outpaces most recipes I’ve tried. It is the perfect base for any of your favorite pies, and it also holds up to freezing quite well.
Another great option: Pie crust using lard
If you’ve checked out any of my other crust recipes, you’ll notice this one calls for a few more ingredients. Don’t let that fool you, this is a super quick and easy recipe to make.
- All-Purpose Flour
- Cold Water
Flour: Go with all-purpose flour. It produces the best texture. If your flour is lumpy, sift it before mixing it in to your other ingredients.
Shortening: You’re going to love the flavor and texture shortening produces. You can use regular or butter flavored shortening. They both produce great results.
Vinegar: This is the secret ingredient to the texture of this crust. The acidity also heightens the other flavors. Go with white distilled vinegar, and don’t skip it!
Check out this for better crust: Pie crust tips
Easy to Follow Instructions
As written, this recipe produces four 9″ pie crusts. Perfect for two pies with a top and bottom crust, four pies with just a bottom crust.
If you only need two crusts, cut the recipe in half, or quarter it for a single pie crust. If you want to create a lattice crust, this recipe works great!
Step 1: In a bowl, add your flour and salt and stir together.
Step 2: Cut up your shortening into your flour mixture. Stir until fine crumbs are formed.
Step 3: In a glass measuring cup, mix together your egg, water, and vinegar.
Step 4: Pour wet mixture over dry and stir with a fork until blended.
Step 5: Divide your dough into four equal parts.
Step 6: Dust a clean surface with flour. Roll out each dough ball large enough for a 9″ pie pan.
Note: You can freeze each dough ball by wrapping it completely in plastic wrap. Before using, thaw overnight in your refrigerator. Dough will last in the freezer for up to two months. You can also store your dough in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Tasty recipe to make using this crust: Classic apple pie
Easy Pie Crust Using Shortening
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 3 Cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1½ Cups Shortening
- 1 Large Egg
- 1 Tbs White Distilled Vinegar
- 5 Tbs Water ice cold
- 1 tsp salt
- In a bowl, add your flour and salt and stir together.
- Cut up your shortening into your flour mixture. Stir until fine crumbs are formed.
- In a glass measuring cup, mix together your egg, water, and vinegar.
- Pour wet mixture over dry and stir with a fork until blended.
- Divide your dough into four equal parts.
- Dust a clean surface with flour. Roll out each dough ball large enough for a 9" pie pan.