For some reason, making PIES seemed like a daunting task to me.
It wasn't until we moved away from family, that I felt determined to conquer the pie making fear!

And heaven forbid buying a pie...or premade pie crusts!  :)

Turns out, it's very simple...
And comes with some very rich rewards!

Step 1: Recipe

Here's the standard Pie crust recipe I use.

2 cups of flour
3/4 cup of shortening
1/2 cup cold water
1 teaspoon of salt

(you can make 2 pie shells or 1 covered pie with this recipe)

Cut ingredients together with pastry blender or fork.
Do not over handle or mix in a mixer.
Do not blend more than necessary...just enough to incorporate the ingredients.
<p>Really easy to make for a beginner like me - thank you!</p>
<p>Step 5 : or bake the crust, then before the crust is completely cooked (or at half cooking time) put the filling on and complete the baking. This works very well with either fillings that need to be cooked but who will be overcooked if put directly on the the dough (such as very thinly sliced apples) OR with fillings that contain a lot of water and may spoil the crust by wetting it too much &hellip;</p><p>If you really want to make it tasty use butter instead of shortening. Lard would be good for salt recipes, not desserts. Then again I live in France&hellip; </p><p>Please note that I am not a fan of the French fad in the US nor a I a fan of the American fad in France !!! ;)))</p>
This seams really easy to do and look like it come out perfect! <br>What is shortening? I can't find the exact correspondent in Italian...Can I use butter instead? Tanks, Marcella.
Great recipe! Really similar to a crust recipe I have from my grandmother. I would suggest that the cold part of the cold water is emphasized; I've had crusts go do weird things when the water wasn't ice cold. Especially if the shortening is substituted for lard, the colder water will keep the fat particles from melting and causing the crust to not be flaky.
the only change I would make is using lard instead of shortening it is a far better choice than using a transfat.
Looks great!!! I just need to get my oven fixed so I can make some pies. Bought lots of apples for this very task...hopefully it will be fixed soon and I can try this recipe! Thanks!
Thanks Holly!<br>And congrats on another fabulous WIN! :)
Ooh! Looks so easy :)
Awesome pie crust, looks like perfection!!

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