No Fuss Pie Crust

This is my go-to pie crust recipe for everything from apple pie to turkey pot pie.  It’s very simple and comes out great every time.  This recipe will yield a double crust for a 9″ pie pan.

Now, there are a couple of ground rules when it comes to pie crust.

1.  Touch the dough as little as possible.  I use a pastry cutter.  I highly recommend getting one.  They aren’t expensive.

2.  Cold ingredients = flaky crust.  If we were using butter, that would mean cold butter.  Since we’re using shortening, that means ice water.  Go ahead and fill a cup with ice water ahead of time so the water is nice and cold when you’re ready to use it.

No Fuss Pie Crust
2 c. All Purpose Flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 c. shortening
6 Tbsp ice water

Sift the flour and salt together into a large mixing bowl.

Cut half of the shortening into the flour (1/3 c.) until it resembles course corn meal.  There shouldn’t be any noticeable clumps.

Cut in the other half of shortening (1/3 c.) until it resembles peas.  You want the shortening to be well incorporated into the dough, but you don’t want it to be over mixed.
Now, add your ice water a little at a time.  The recipe says 6 Tbsp, but I never measure it.  I pour it in about 1-2 Tbsp at a time and work in with a fork (remember, avoid touching with your hands) until the dough just starts to come together.  

When it just starts to hold together in a ball, you have enough water.  In fact, a few crumbs may still linger.  You don’t want your dough to be too wet, it’ll just be a mess to work with.  If it does end up too wet, refrigerate it for a little while to firm it up before working with it.

Bonnie was raised in a small farming village in central Ohio where she was active in 4-H and FFA. She grew up surrounded by a large family who taught her how to can, garden and cook from scratch. Now living in Florida and raising a fearless little boy, Bonnie is running the family farm where they raise chickens, turkeys, ducks, goats, pigs and horses. She also enjoys teaching her son how to live off of the land, appreciate God’s creation, and live a simpler life.