Foolproof Pie Crust
ready in: 30-60 minutes
serves/makes: 5 crusts
recipe id: 10158
4 cups all-purpose flour, lightly spooned into cup
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 cup vegetable shortening at room temperature (do not use oil, margarine, lard or butter)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon white or cider vinegar
1 large egg
Here's the Foolproof Pie Crust recipe I got from my sister-in-law, who prefaced it with the words: Give this recipe your undivided attention, which I must mean it isn't entirely foolproof, but I must say I've had nothing but success with it. It can be reworked many times without getting tough.
In large bowl, stir together with fork (or pastry blender) flour, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening until crumbly. In small bowl, beat together water, vinegar and egg. Add to flour mixture and stir until all ingredients are moistened. Divide dough into 5 portions (4 if you use large pie plates). With hands shape each portion into a flat, round patty; wrap each patty in plastic wrap and chill at least 1/2 hour.
When you are ready to use the pie crust, lightly flour both sides of the patty and roll out on lightly floured board or pastry cloth.
Dough can be refrigerated for three days or frozen for weeks. If frozen, thaw and bring to room temperature before rolling out crust.
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