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Saturday, April 4, 2009

No-fail Pie Crust

Last week we hosted our Small Group from church which includes dessert. Normally at this time of year, I would serve something with either rhubarb or strawberries. However, our weather hasn't seemed like spring, so I decided to bake a pie. With Easter coming up, I thought perhaps someone might appreciate this wonderful pie crust recipe that was given to me some years ago by my stepmother:
Pie Crust
Cut together:
2 cups of flour
1 cup Crisco (I now use the no trans fat kind.)
Add: 1/4 cup milk mixed with 2 Tablespoons vinegar (If it seems too sticky, I add a little more flour.)
Roll into 2 large crusts or 3 medium crusts. (I roll them out on a well-floured pastry cloth with a floured sleeve on the rolling pin.)
This recipe is easily halved and NEVER fails. Honest! (Our daughters and my sister will tell you the same thing....)
Ready to Fill
Since I was making an Apple Crumb Pie (Page 297, Better Homes and Garden cookbook, 1962, my way, I peeled and thinly sliced 5 large Granny Smith apples and tossed them with a mixture of 1/2 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. After putting the coated apples into the pie shell, I topped them with a crumb topping. Any recipe would work, but I used what was given: Cut together 1/2 cup sugar, 3/4 cup flour, and 1/2 cup butter. (I always use a pastry blender for both the pie crust and the topping.)
Ready for the Oven
After baking the pie for 40 minutes at 400, I generally turn the oven way down, to 300-325 degrees, and bake it for another 15 or so minutes until the juice is bubbling up nicely and the apples are tender.
As you can see in this photo, a few of the apples got a little brown. (I had made the pie that morning and refrigerated it. Because of a time crunch, I didn't let it warm up long enough before baking it.) However, I served it warm with vanilla ice cream, and no one complained. In fact, not a drop was left on any plate!
This is not a calorie free dessert, but I figure if you're going to have dessert at all, it might as well taste good. Enjoy!


Paula Hewitt said...


Anonymous said...

Oh man! That looks delicious!

Kathy Raker said...

You are certainly making me hungry! Looks delicious!

Linda said...

As one of those in the group who got to eat this pie, I just have to say it was, well, MARVELOUS!! And there were no crumbs left on anyone's plate. Thanks, Judy - always love coming to your house ...such yummy desserts!!


Charlene ♥ NC said...

Oh, yum! That sure looks delicious! I see your snow below, but at least with daffies. It was mid-70's today and tomorrow, but they say 32 Wednesday night!

jane said...

Can I come to your house for dessert? Jane

Library Gal Quilts said...

Now I know what I am making for Easter Sunday dessert!! Pam in Chico

Kathy A. said...

I can smell and taste that pie from here. Man, does it look good!!