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Sunday, October 28, 2012

mangia mondays 86: pie crust

hi there!
welcome to
a blog hop i co-host each week
with my very favorite lisa,
lisa from shine your light.

this week i'm sharing
pie crust

{for 2, 9" single crust pies or 1, 9" double crust}
11.75 oz pastry flour
8.25 oz shortening
3 oz water
.25 oz salt

1. combine water & salt. set aside in freezer until it gets icy/slushy.

2. in a large casserole dish, combine flour & shortening with a bowl scraper until it resembles a coarse cornmeal in texture. the color of the flour will turn from white to tan-ish.
**do NOT use your hands/fingers! this will melt the shortening!**

3. once the water is icy, give it a stir to incorporate all of the salt. start by adding half of the water to the flour/shortening mixture & mixing the pie dough by hand. you can always add more, but you can't take it out!  be careful not to overmix as you don't want too much gluten development.
{this is what makes for a flaky pie crust!}

 4. chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

5. divide in half & roll out to about 1/8"-1/4" thick. lay in the bottom of your ungreased pie tin. 

6. if making a single-crust pie, trim excess dough from sides, tuck edges under themselves {but not under the lip of the tin!}, & crimp. pre-bake if making a cream pie, or follow normal baking guidelines for baked pies!
 if making a double-crust pie, fill after putting down the first layer, then top with a vented second crust. trim edges of extra dough, tuck edges under themselves & crimp.

i've always been intimidated by pie crust...
but it's seriously SO simple
& it makes such a difference!

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until next time,
dowlings out!


  1. Beautiful looking pie. Your crust looks amazing. Thanks for the party and hopefully you are not like me waiting for Hurricane Sandy to hit.

  2. Good morning and thanks for hosting!

    Bread machine? Fuggedaboudit! Here's the low-down on making bread machine recipes by hand:

    And in celebration of Pumpkin Week, I'm sharing a pumpkin coconut cake: so moist, so delicious!

    Have a great week!

  3. Thank you so much for hosting, Kristin! Wonderful looking pie :)

  4. thanks for hosting. I'm in charge of pies for Thanksgiving this year:)

  5. Oh I could SO use this knowledge...especially with the big holidays around the corner!! Hope mommyhood is going well! xo