I have posted about pie crust previously. The last pie crust recipe I used was made with a higher ratio of shortening to flour plus an egg, and it is very tasty, but it is a delicate crust and must be chilled before rolling out. It is also easy to tear and can be frustrating unless you have a good deal of experience in putting together pies. But mother's crust is made with less shortening, is sturdier, easier to handle, and doesn't have to be chilled before rolling. I think this is the perfect recipe for anyone to practice their pie crust skills.
My Mother's Pie Crust
2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup vegetable shortening (Crisco)
5 or 6 tablespoons very cold water
1 tablespoon vinegar
In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Add shortening and use a pastry cutter to combine with the flour. Stir in water and vinegar. Divide dough into two equal parts. Dough can be used to make 2 single crusts or 1 double crust. Roll out on a floured surface to desired size. Place in pie plate. For a single crust, bake in a preheated 450 degree F oven for 10 - 12 minutes or until browned.
Roll the dough out slightly larger than the pie plate.
Place folded dough in pie plate.
Unfold the pie crust and roll the excess dough under around the edge.
Finish edge as desired.
And this is my Mother, Virginia. I know she'd love to bake a pie for you. She just needs to know your favorite kind.