Every year we would look forward to going to my Grandma’s for Thanksgiving. She was the BEST cook that I know. She raised 8 kids and had a home cooked meal on the table for them each night. She spent all of her time in the kitchen. She made all of her own bread by hand and was amazing at making anything from scratch. I remember staying for a few weeks with them in the summer and she was always baking bread or a batch of peanut butter cookies. As soon as the warm bread came out of the oven she would slice it up and we would eat an entire loaf. She was an amazing baker.
The best part about Thanksgiving was her pies. You couldn’t wait to finish the meal to have one of her pies. I have yet to try a better pie. She would make them all herself and you couldn’t get enough of them.
Her crust was tender and flaky and perfect. In my opinion the best! Sometimes making any kind of dough from scratch can seem intimidating but today I am going to show you how easy it is! The crust comes together in just a matter of minutes and you probably already have all of the ingredients on hand.
You combine the flour and salt in a medium sized bowl. With a pastry blender you cut in the shortening until it is pea sized.
Next, sprinkle cold water one tablespoon at a time tossing the dough with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl and mix until all of the flour is moistened. Don’t over mix or the crust will be too hard.
Form the dough into a ball.
Roll out onto a floured surface…
Put the dough into the pie dish and trim the edges. And viola! You just made a pie crust. See how easy and not intimating that is? Now you are ready to fill the pie with an amazing filling and bake. This pie crust is so easy and perfect you will make it again and again!
- 1¼ cups all purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ cup shortening
- 4 to 5 Tablespoons cold water
- In a medium bowl stir together flour and salt. With a pastry blender cut in shortening till pea sized.
- Sprinkle water on one tablespoon at a time tossing with fork. Push moistened dough to the side. Mix till all flour is moistened. Don't mix too much or crust will be hard.
- Form into a ball and roll out on floured surface. Turn and flour dough a few times till its the size you need.
add 1 more cup flour
1 more ½ t salt
Double the shortening
Double the cold water