Perfect Pie Crust (With Egg & Vinegar)
Looking for a perfect pie crust recipe? Your search is over! No matter what flavor of pie you are making, this crust will make it better!
- 1 1/2 cup Crisco vegetable shortening
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 whole egg
- 5 tablespoons cold water
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon salt
Preparation time 15mins
Cooking time 15mins
Adapted from foodiewife-kitchen.blogspot.com
In a large bowl, with a pastry cutter, gradually work the Crisco into the flour for about 3 or 4 minutes until it resembles a coarse meal.
In a small bowl, beat an egg with a fork and then pour it into the flour/shortening mixture.
Add 5 tablespoons of cold water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir together gently until all the ingredients are incorporated.
Separate the dough into thirds.
Form 3 evenly sized balls of dough and place each dough into a large Zip Loc bag.
Using a rolling pin, barely flatten each ball of dough (about 1/- inch thick) to make rolling easier later. Seal the bags and place them in the freezer until you need them. (If you’ll be using it instantly it’s still a good idea to put in the freezer for about 15 to 20 minutes to chill.)
When you are ready to use the dough to make a crust, remove from the freezer and permit to thaw for 15 minutes.
On a floured surface roll the dough, starting at the center and working your way out. (Sprinkle some flour over top of the dough if it’s a bit too moist.) If the dough is sticking to the counter top use a metal spatula and thoroughly scrape it up and flip it over and continue rolling until it’s about 1/2 inch larger in diameter than your pie pan.
With a spatula, lift the dough carefully from the surface of the counter into the pie pan. Gently press the dough against the corner of the pan. Go around the pie pan pinching and tucking the dough to make a clean edge.