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Perfect Pie Crust Recipe

Updated on April 14, 2014

Holiday Perfect Pie Crust

Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

This recipe was handed down for years in my family. I have tried it and had great success, and am by far not the best baker. You can also make individual small tarts for the amount of guests you have, or a nice take home treat for dinner party guests not having room for dessert.

The individual tarts also make nice gifts for friends at work for Christmas parties. Wrapping colorful foil around the pie makes neat tidy gift giving. Sometimes the person who has everything appreciates a handmade gift, more than something they can't use.

For a fun party idea have a tart exchange, having the guests bring tarts with their favorite filings.

Ceramic pie vents make nice exchange gifts too, and they come in all shapes and sizes, birds being the favorite.

Another great idea is to make a pie in the new pie dish, and give the pie AND the dish as a gift with a pretty ribbon wrapped around the pie with a bow. Check online Target has some very pretty colorful pie plates. If you're feeling very generous add a pie server on the side or on top.

You will be giving a gift that they can keep using, the pie dish, vent, and server.

Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

3 Cups of Sifted Flour

1 1/2 tsp salt

1 Cup plus 2 tbs Crisco (Makes the flakiest crust) but you can use butter or lard

1/4 Cup of Cold water

Combine first three ingredients with pastry blender or mix master until crumbly like peas

Add water until it rolls into a ball that sticks together

Roll out on waxed floured paper. Fill and put top crust over filling or you can cut into strips to make a weaved pattern on top of filling.

Wet your fingers to crimp the edges, and you can use the back of a fork to leave ridges.

Take a sharp knife and trim off the excess crust,

Take the knife to make slits on top of the crust so it can vent.

Make sure you place foil under the filled pie crust so it doesn't boil over in the oven, There is nothing worst than burnt fruit juices that are sticky and burnt on your oven,

Clean Up Oven Hint: Fill an empty air-wick bottle with ammonia and use for oven cleaner. Raise wick and place in oven overnight NO HEAT and oven will clean easily the next day.

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    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      7 years ago from USA

      Try it I am a failure in baking, if I can do it you can LOL

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      Greg Johnson 

      7 years ago from Indianapolis

      Wow Looks great and easy to make. I wish I could bake!

    • B. A. Williams profile imageAUTHOR

      B. A. Williams 

      7 years ago from USA

      This was my mom's recipe she wrote out for me in her cookbook. She was a professional cake baker decorator, it came out great for me, and believe me I didn't inherit her baking magic.

      Good Luck!

    • mljdgulley354 profile image


      7 years ago

      I am going to try this recipe. I made great pie crust when we lived in Wyoming. Since moving to Oregon my crust is very tough. Maybe your crust recipe will be better


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