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Mom's Pie Crust

For 2 pie shells or 1 pie with both a top & a bottom crust....

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp.salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening (Crisco® or other solid vegetable shortening)
  • 1/2 cup cold water

Preparation -
Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together. Add the shortening and mix with a fork to form coarse crumbs. Add the water and mix with a fork or pastry blender to form a dough. Wrap in wax paper and chill for at least 2 hours. Roll on a well-floured pastry cloth. Use in any pie recipe.

For a pre-baked pie shell, roll out half of the dough. Place the rolled out dough in a pie pan and press it firmly in place with your fingers. Trim away the excess dough around the edge of the pan and flute the edge of the dough. Pierce the dough in the bottom of the pan several times with a fork. Bake in a preheated oven at 400º for 8 to 10 minutes or until the crust is very lightly browned.

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