Do you ever eat a pie and fork out the filling, leaving the crust behind? In less than 15 minutes you can have 4 pie crusts ready to bake or freeze and this crust is so good, you’ll be leaving the filling just to eat the crust! In fact, my seven-year-old did that tonight. You can also have home baked bread in less than 5 minutes a day.
When I was little, we made the hour trip to go visit my great-grandmother. We didn’t get to go very often, but I remember her house and beautiful rose bushes even though I was quite young. My mother is an excellent baker and cook, but I never liked pie crust. Until I tasted this one. I had never eaten pie crust before and when I ate the entire piece of pie, crust included, my mom switched her recipe as fast as my great-grandmother could write it out.
And now I’m thrilled to share it with you.
4 cups flour (your choice, I recommend using pastry ground if using wheat)
1 3/4 cup shortening
1 Tblsp. sugar
2 tsp. salt
1 Tblsp. Apple Cider Vinegar (You can use white vinegar, but I prefer apple cider in baking)
1/2 cup cold water
Mix flour, sugar, and salt. Cut in shortening
Add your liquids
Chill for 15 minutes. Take out dough and divide into four equal balls. Wrap and freeze for later use or roll out and bake your favorite quiche or pie. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.
If you’re not baking today, take unbaked dough ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Toss in freezer. When ready to use, thaw in fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours. Lightly flour surface, flatten dough ball with hand, and then roll to desired thinness.
When freezing, be sure to mark your dough. I also freeze sugar cookie dough and Christmas morning, mistakenly used sugar cookie dough for my pastry crust in a sausage quiche. My brother said, “Does this have maple flavored sausage? It’s sweet.”
It was edible, but not a mistake I’d like to repeat!
This flaky pastry is excellent in traditional pies, savory meat pies, and tarts. If you’d like more traditional recipes, I have over 40 in my book Pioneering Today-Faith and Home the Old Fashioned Way. You can read the first chapter for free!
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