This and that: Never Fail Pie Crust that you can freeze

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Never Fail Pie Crust that you can freeze

The holiday season is just about upon us 
and we are all busy thinking of what we are going to prepare.
Pies are one thing that I think most of us make
and who wants to use store bought crusts?

Homemade is much better better
but can I make my own?
Yes, anyone can and here is an easy recipe that never fails.
And the great thing about it
You can make 6 single crusts and freeze them.
So you can make this ahead, freeze it 
then bring it out, thaw out the crust and make your pies...
What can be more simpler?

Never Fail Pastry
5 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 cups lard or shortening
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tbsp vinegar
Water to equal one cup with egg and vinegar

Which to use ~ I use 1 cup Crisco shortening and 1 cup lard
Tenderflake lard ~ I buy in Canada and import.
first 4 ingredients mixed until crumbly
1.  Mix first 4 ingredients ~ flour, baking powder, salt, and lard or shortening; Mix together with hands or pastry cutter until crumbly.  I use my hands and mix these ingredients together.

2.  Add 1 egg slightly beaten and 1 tbsp vinegar in 1 cup measuring cup.  Add water until cup is full and pour in center of  the flour/lard mixture.

pour egg, vinegar and water mixture into center of flour mixture
3.  Mix all together until dough holds together.  I again use my hand to mix this together and then fold the dough until it holds together.  Divide into 6 equal portions.  At this point you can freeze the dough.

divide into 6 equal portions.
ready to go into the freezer
4.  To freeze wrap each portion in plastic wrap.  I usually use 2 layers and then place in freezer bags.  When ready to use take out of freezer and thaw until dough is pliable and ready to use.

* If using dough when you first make it.  It is easier to roll out if you chill the dough first.  I chill it for about an hour or two. 

I hope that this recipe works for you.
I have never had it fail.
One tip is not to over work your pastry dough.
Mix the dough only until it holds.

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  1. Looks awesome! Everyone needs a no fail pie crust! Pinning this!

    1. Thanks for coming by. I have used this recipe for years and it has never failed me yet.

  2. G'day! Always good when there is a no fail pie crust, true!
    Thanks for sharing Marlys...always good to have a recipe that never fails too!
    Cheers! Joanne


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