Daddy was the baker in our house. He was most fond of pie, but just couldn't make a descent crust to save him, until he found this recipe in either a Betty Cocker or Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. I don't know which (this was forty-five some years ago). I have looked on Zaar for a recipe like this - and while they are similar they aren't Daddy's. Word to the wise - roll the dough out between two pieces of wax paper - the only way. Do not double the recipe for two crusts - just doesn't work. I make one crust at a time and store in the fridge while making the next. We are crust fiends in our house - so I always make a thicker crust then this recipe produces. I make three portions of this recipes for a two crust pie (1 and 1/2 per crust). Prep time includes cooling time. Cooking times depends on for what you are using the crust. Patience Grasshooper - it will be worth it.
- Add 1 cup plus 2 T flour to mixing bowl.
- Add salt and mix with fork.
- Add oil and mix with fork just until combine (will be crumbly).
- Add COLD water (I have a cup of water with ice cube set up for this) 1 T at a time. Mix and add water until a ball of dough forms.
- Put in the fridge and let rest for 15 to 30 minutes (I don't always wait - but it is better if you do).
- Roll out between two pieces of wax paper.
- Lift the top piece of paper off the crust.
- Lift the bottom paper with the crust to the pie pan and invert.
- Peel the wax paper from the crust.
- Fit and crimp: fill or bake blind if one crust.
- Fit, fill and repeat if two crust.
- I estimate that this makes an 8 inch pie crust see my notes about the amount of crust I use for a 9 inch.
- Bake according to your pie recipe.