Aunt Jennie's Pie Crust (With Oil)

"Legend has it that my Great Aunt Jennie used to make the best pies with oil. As I kid I'm not sure I taste tested them but she had a gift for baking. I just ran across her recipe for pie crust. I'll be making it soon, but in the mean time.... give it a try and please rate."
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  • Preheat oven to 425°.
  • Mix together oil and milk.
  • Mix dry ingredients, whisk to combine.
  • Mix all ingredients well to form a soft dough.
  • Dampen table and put a strip of wax paper over the damp area.
  • Take 1/2 of dough and place another piece of waxed paper over the dough.
  • Roll to desired size and place in pie plate. Roll the second crust.
  • Add desired fruit filling, canned or fresh.
  • Top with second pie crust. Brush lightly with milk and sprinkle with sugar.
  • Make a few small slits with a knife. Trim off excess dough. cover with foil to prevent burning.
  • Bake for 20 minutes at 425°, remove foil.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 400° and bake 20 minutes longer, until crust is golden brown.

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  1. UCALady
    For years, since I was in high school, this is the crust I made in prize winning pies. (county fair, Umatilla County Oregon) Then, I decided to go with the classic recipes with combined butter and shortening, ice water, etc, and it's true they are more flaky, but today I wanted to make some pies in a hurry and I decided to make my tried and true and looked up this recipe to make sure I remembered. I didn't use baking powder -- just flour, salt, oil and milk. Today I used whey instead of milk, and that worked out really well. Thanks for having the recipe to tweak my memory!
  2. Wendy M.
    This how my mom made crust, even using wesson, but she didn't use any baking powder. It turned out nicely anyway. It's about the only thing she taught me to make.
  3. Carol417
    The very best piecrust ever flaky delicious everything is wonderful
  4. Hexel
    This pie crust is fabulous! I have tried many and hands down so far this is the best. Flakey nicely golden brown with a great flavor. Will be my go to pie crust recipe from now on. I tried it as I was short butter and shortening which I usually use 50/50. I received a God Wink today to try something new. Thanks for sharing a great recipe.
  5. Lalaloula
    This pie crust is a true winner for sure! It was super easy and quick to make, a dream to work with and great tasting, too! Loved the flakiness of this crust and how fool-proof the recipe was!<br/>I needed a tad less liquid, even though I used half whole spelt flour in place of the ap. Other than that your recipe was spot on. I used it for a savoury pie (Recipe #458164) thus leaving out the sugar.<br/>THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing this great, great recipe with us. Ill surely make this again!<br/><br/>Update: As of November 2011 Ive also made the sweet version using it in recipe #375894 and it was fabulous as well! Loved the hint of sugar, just the right amount for our taste!<br/><br/>Update #2: As of December 2011 Ive made the full recipe for a double crust pie (see my pic) using it for Recipe #336882 and it worked out fabulously. Mmmm, great as I had expected it to be! Accidentally I used all whole rye flour and it still came out superb. Such a keeper, I cannot say enough good things about this recipe. It is such a winner!<br/><br/>Update #3: As of January 2012 Ive yet again tried this wonderful recipe in a new recipe. I made Recipe #472426 and once again the crust delivered. It was light, flaky and super tasty! THANKS again for sharing this winner!<br/><br/>Update #4: As of July 2012 Ive tried this in another savoury recipe (recipe #463990) this time using all white flour and melted garlic-infused butter in place of the oil, which was superb as well. The dough was a tad lighter and more fragile while handeling it, but still rolled out like a dream and baked up flaky and tasty. Im still a fan of this recipe and must tell you that I havent used any other recipe since discovering this gem. Thanks again for sharing it here!


  1. UCALady
    I used flour, salt, canola oil (sorry -- didn't have any Wesson oil on hand today --) and whey. I made a double recipe -- 4 cups flour, 1 cup oil, 1/2 cup whey, about 1 1/2 teasp salt.


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