Published March 12, 2008
Photo Credit: short-crust-montage by Theresa, on Flickr
When making a pie, it sometimes gets intimidating when it's time to make the crust. With this easy basic crust recipe, you'll have no worries.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup margarine
- 1/2 cup Crisco
- 1 egg
- 1 tbsp. white vinegar
- 3 to 4 tbsp. ice water
Making pie crust is much like making cookies. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the margarine and shortening. Keep working the flour and shortening until the mixture is rather grainy, like coarse cornmeal. Mix the egg and vinegar together and, using a wooden fork, stir the mixture into the flour. Add enough of the ice water so that the dough barely holds together. Place on a marble pastry board or a plastic counter top and knead for just a few turns, enough so that the dough holds together and becomes roll able. If using a wooden rolling pin makes sure to dust it with some flour, otherwise your dough will end up sticking to the it.
Photo Credit: pie crust by Elana Amsterdam, on Flickr