In 1975 my grandmother published a cookbook titled Food for Body and Soul. In it are some wonderful recipes that are passed down for generations. (more about my grandmother’s cookbook in another post).
The Never Fail Pie Crust is one of those great recipes. This crust is easy to handle and doesn’t require a lot of precision, like most baking does. It’s always soft, yet flaky. Because this recipe uses shortening instead of butter, it comes together very easily. It’s Never Fail, because anyone can pull this off, regardless if you’ve developed a “feel” for the dough.
3 C. All-purpose flour
1 tsp salt (use table salt)
1 ¼ C. shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1 tbs vinegar
5 tbs water
Put them all into the food processor, and let it rip.
[If you don’t have a food processor, cut in the flour and shortening. Then add the wet ingredients.]
When it comes together in clumps, it’s ready.
Pull the dough out and shape into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate while you make your pie filling. This dough doesn’t need to be chilled necessarily, but it is easier to work with when it’s cold/cool.
When you are ready for it, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. This recipe makes enough for a double-crust, deep-dish pie or two single-crust pies. This can be rerolled without toughing and it keeps in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Happy Pies, Y’all.
(buttermilk pie recipe coming next.)