Perfect Pie Crust

Who doesn’t love a flaky pie crust? But also, who is terrified of making pie crusts? (me slowly raising my hand…). My dad is expert pie maker so I never even attempted until a few years ago.  This is the Pioneer Woman recipe and it is perfect! Obviously.  Since the title says it and all! It can be frozen and used later. Hello, life saver! Enjoy!

Perfect Pie Crust
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  1. 1-1/2 cup shortening
  2. 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  3. 1 whole Egg
  4. 5 Tablespoons Cold Water
  5. 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  6. 1 teaspoon Salt
  1. In a large bowl, with a pastry cutter, gradually work the Crisco into the flour for about 3 or 4 minutes until it resembles a coarse meal.
  2. In a small bowl, beat an egg with a fork and then pour it into the flour/shortening mixture.
  3. Add 5 tablespoons of cold water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  4. Stir together gently until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
  5. Separate the dough in half.
  6. Form 2 evenly sized balls of dough and place each dough into a large Ziploc bag.
  7. Using a rolling pin, slightly flatten each ball of dough (about ½ inch thick) to make rolling easier later.
  8. Seal the bags and place them in the freezer until you need them. (Even if you are using them immediately, it is still a good thing to put them in the freezer for 15-20 minutes.)
  9. When you are ready to use the dough to make a crust, remove from the freezer and allow to thaw for 15 minutes.
  10. On a floured surface roll the dough, starting at the center and working your way out. (Sprinkle some flour over top of the dough if it’s a bit too moist.)
  11. If the dough is sticking to the countertop use a metal spatula and carefully scrape it up and flip it over and continue rolling until it’s about ½ inch larger in diameter than your pie pan.
  12. With a spatula, lift the dough carefully from the surface of the counter into the pie pan. Gently press the dough against the corner of the pan. Go around the pie pan pinching and tucking the dough to make a clean edge.
  13. Fill with pie filling and follow pie instructions!
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
Adapted from The Pioneer Woman
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