Homemade Pie Crust (Pa Dutch Country)

Recipe by Sherie717
READY IN: 42mins




  • Combine flour and salt in mixing bowl.
  • Cut shortening into flour with pastry blender or 2 knives. Do not overmix; these are sufficently blended when particals are the size of peas.
  • Add water gradually, sprinkling 1 tablespoon at a time evenly over mixture. Toss lightly with a fork until all particles of flour have been dampened. Use only enough water to hold pastry together when it is pressed between the fingers. It should not feel wet.
  • Roll dough into a round ball, handling as little as possible.
  • Roll out on a lightly floured board into a circle 1/8 inch thick and 1 inch larger than the diameter of the top of the pie pan.
  • Place circle into pie pan, gently pressing dough to fit to the bottom & sides.
  • Trim edges with scissors or a sharp knife letting 1/2 inch extend over rim.
  • Turn edge under and flute with fingers to make a standing rim.
  • Prick shell all over with a fork to prevent air bubbles.
  • If desired, bake at 450 for 12-15 mins or until a golden brown. (Not necessary for the Shoo Fly Pie and most other baked pies.).