Basic Pie Crust Recipe

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Basic Pie Crust Recipe


2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2/3 cup shortening
6-7 tbsp. cold water


In a mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until pieces are pea-size.

Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water over the mixture; gently working with a fork. Add one teaspoon of water until all the dough is moistened. Divide the dough in half. Form each half into a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, flatten one dough ball. Roll from center to form a 12-inch round circle.

Wrap the rolled pastry around the rolling pin. Ease it into pie plate, being careful not to stretch the dough.

Fill with your favorite berry filling--mine would be strawberry...of course!

Take the remaining dough and roll it into into a 12-inch circle.

Cut the dough into 1/2 inch strips. Weave the strips over the pie filling.

Brush pastry top with a little milk and sprinkle with sugar.

Bake at 375° for 50 minutes.

To prevent overbrowning, cover the edge of the pie crust with a pie crust shield. Bake for 25 minutes, remove foil/shield and bake for additional 25 minutes.

Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 8 servings

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