What's Thanksgiving Without Pie?


I know I've posted this recipe before, but with Thanksgiving coming up, I figured it would be good to have a refresher. And even though this year I am taking the lazy way out and using store bought pie crusts, I wanted to share my favorite go-to recipe for pie crust. These recipes came from my mom's Better Homes and Gardens cookbook from the 60's. I have used them every year and the outcome is always perfect. Now, you can go the old fashioned way and use a pastry blender or two forks like my mom used to, or my way, which is to use my food processor. (Much faster, in my opinion, and you get the same outcome.) You can use either vegetable shortening or butter; I have used both. But, the main thing to remember when working with pie crust is to keep all your ingredients cold. It makes for a flakier, lighter crust. Here are the recipes for a single and double crust pie. I included instructions on how to do it with the food processor.


1 1/4 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup shortening or butter
4-5 Tablespoons cold water

Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Using pastry blender, cut in shortening until it resembles pea size crumbles. Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon at a time of ice water and toss with a fork until the mixture comes together in a ball. Roll out on floured surface and place in pan.

Food Processor Instructions_
Place flour and salt in food processor. Pulse a few times to mix. Add butter or shortening 1 Tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition until it resembles a pea size mixture. Turn processor on and slowly add 1 Tablespoon of water at a time until the mixture balls up. Roll out on floured surface and proceed.


2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening or butter
6-7 Tablespoons cold water

Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Using pastry blender, cut in shortening until it resembles pea size crumbles. Sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon at a time of ice water and toss with a fork until the mixture comes together in a ball. Divide into two balls. Roll out each on floured surface and place one in pan, fill pie and place the other on top.

Food Processor Instructions_
Place flour and salt in food processor. Pulse a few times to mix. Add butter or shortening 1 Tablespoon at a time, pulsing after each addition until it resembles a pea size mixture. Turn processor on and slowly add 1 Tablespoon of water at a time until the mixture balls up. Divide into two balls. Roll one out on floured surface and proceed.

Bake as instructed in individual recipes.


I included the links to each of the recipes. Now go bake your favorite pie! Mine's pumpkin!

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