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    The Flakiest Pie Crust

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    laurenlikesfood's Note:

    Making homemade pie crust is finally worth it! My grandmother found this recipe in a newspaper years ago. It is similar to other vinegar pie crust recipes but uses apple cider vinegar along with a combination of butter and shortening. The result is tender, extremely flaky crust with just enough flavor to compliment any pie. This recipe yields 6 large portions so you can put what you don't need in plastic baggies and freeze for a later date. Enjoy!

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    1. 1
      In a large bowl, sift flour with sugar and salt.
    2. 2
      Cut in shortening and butter. Pea-sized chunks are fine, but slightly larger chunks will really make a difference.
    3. 3
      In a small bowl, whisk together egg yolks and vinegar. Add 2/3 cup of water (more if you live in a dry climate, and less if it is a particularly humid day). You can always add tablespoons of water to the dough later.
    4. 4
      Pour the liquids mixture into flour/butter mixture. Stir together and add a little water if necessary. Mixture should be just moist enough for you to form it into a ball. *Note: I like to have just enough moisture so crumbs in the bowl will stick to the dough if you pat them on.
    5. 5
      Cover the dough in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 30 MINUTES - this allows the gluten to develop and the dough to get a bit flakier :). (Or so Grandma says.).
    6. 6
      Divide into 6 pieces, use what you need, and flatten the rest into 1/4" disks (or 1/8" if you really want to have an easy time thawing the dough). Put them in the freezer and thaw when needed (or just wanted)!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 16, 2009


      Excellent! I loved the combo of shortening & butter, as it created the ultimate pie crust! It's extra flaky, easy to handle & I love that it's an OAMC recipe. I made one batch, baked two pies & now have 4 crusts ready to go for next time! DH, who never eats pie crust, tried this one & actually enjoyed it. We love that this crust is not too dry & crumbly. The final product is a flaky, velvetty texture. I love this recipe & will continue to make it in the future. Thanks so much for sharing it, Icedcacti! :) Made & enjoyed with Lemon Sponge Pie & Pecan Pie for Fall 2009 Pick A Chef.

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    • on November 26, 2008


      This is very flaky, easy to work with pie crust..Will definitely use this recipe every time I make pie from now on.

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    Nutritional Facts for The Flakiest Pie Crust

    Serving Size: 1 (1541 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1213.0
    Calories from Fat 760
    Total Fat 84.5 g
    Saturated Fat 35.7 g
    Cholesterol 144.2 mg
    Sodium 785.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 99.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
    Sugars 4.6 g
    Protein 14.0 g

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