Prep 15 mins
Cook 0 mins
My Grandma taught me to make this pie crust, and now that she has Dementia, I pride myself on being "almost" as good as hers! She's almost 95 and I'm 32, so I've got a few years more to get it right ;)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 1⁄4 cups shortening
- 8 -10 tablespoons very cold ice water
- Mix flour and salt in large bowl.
- Cut in shortening until crumbly.
- Add about 4 tablespoons of very cold ice water, and gently mix with flat side of spoon. Add in 4 more tbsp, doing same.
- If dough is mostly holding together, stop adding water, if still crumbly add 1 tbsp, then 1 more if still not holding. (You do not want a solid ball, it should remain a little crumbly).
- If necessary add a little more water to get it to right consistency(hold).
- Once it will hold in a ball, cut in half and roll out to about 1/8" thick.
- Lay in 9" pie plate as base crust.
- NOTES:1) DO NOT HANDLE WITH YOUR HANDS anymore than you need to make the ball and to flip when rolling. 2) the colder the water the better, I run my tap until it is really cold put it in a glass measure cup with a couple ice cubes then set in freezer until I need it. The colder the water and the less you handle it, the flakier the crust!