Peggy's Foolproof Pie Crust

"This is the piecrust recipe that my daughter sent me for the Mile-High Cranberry Apple Pie. It makes a really tasty,kind of cookie-flakey crust. It's winning card is that it is never tough.Baking time is according to the pie you are making."
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Ready In:
1 Pie crust


  • 2 12 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 cup shortening
  • 12 cup lard (I use butter) or 1/2 cup butter, chilled (I use butter)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 13 cup ice water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar


  • Cut shortening and lard into the flour and salt mixture until it is in a small pea sized lumps.
  • Combine the egg, ice water,and vingar.
  • Lightly fork into the flour/shortening mixture.
  • Pat into two balls.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for awhile.
  • Roll out on a well floured surface.
  • Makes 1 double pie crust or 2 single pie crust.
  • Bake as directed for pie.

Questions & Replies

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  1. yacookindog
    Yes this dough can frozen and thawed in refrigerator with the same great results
  2. yacookindog
    Has anyone ever froze these discs for later use?


  1. PanNan
    I made this twice in the last week (once 1/2 recipe, and then the whole recipe). Both times the dough was much softer (like drop cookie dough) than I expected. In fact, the first time I couldn't roll it out because it stuck to the rolling pin and the pastry mat. I ended up patting it into the pie plate to shape. The second time, I chilled it overnight, and used a lot of flour on the mat, on top of the dough, and on the pin. This did the trick - it rolled beautifully. I discovered that the soft dough makes for a light, and delicious, flaky crust. This is a winner. Thanks, Barb.
  2. VickyJ
    This is a wonderful crust. I used this to make Recipe #59979 for a photo forum event. Very good.. nice and flaky! Thank you Barb for a great recipe. I'll be using this again and again! :)
  3. yacookindog
    Absolutely the best pie crust!!!!! Don't over blend the flour and shortening and butter. Should see pea size bits of shortening and butter when rolled out. This is what makes the flakiest crust ever! I always chill the flour mixture before adding liquid and always chill after patted into two discs. Use a chilled marble roller and always chill the dough in the pie plate in between making filling and top crust for any recipe.
  4. ana.vb
    With the right preparation (as PanNan covered above), this is the best crust ever! <br/>Great texture - soft and flaky, great taste (thanks to the butter!), and especially aesthetically-pleasing when brushed with egg wash. <br/>Just be sure to chill it overnight, and use flour on your rolling surfaces.



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