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Earlier this week I shared with you some Pie Crust tips that my grandma used for making her homemade pie crust. What I didn’t share with you was her Perfect Pie Crust recipe. I held back from sharing it with you until I could try it myself. I wanted to be able to tell you if it was the perfect pie crust or not. I have been making pies for quite a few years and have never mastered it, so I was excited to try her recipe. One of the things in her recipe surprised me, vodka. I have tried several different recipes and don’t remember any of them ever calling for white vinegar. I have to tell you, the white vinegar made a huge difference my pie crust has never been flakier.
Crispy Flakey Pie Crust
Author: Robin Buster
Yields: 2 crusts
- In a large bowl, gradually cut the shortening into the flour with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse corn meal.
- Add iced vodka and salt into the flour mixture. Stir gently until all of the ingredients are incorporated.
- Separate the dough into two balls and place each ball in a freezer bag. Use a rolling pin to slightly flatten. Seal the bags and place in the freezer for approximately 20 minutes.
- Place the slightly frozen dough on a floured surface. Sprinkle the dough with a little more flour. To roll, start in the center and roll outward, continue until the dough is ½" larger than the diameter of your pie pan.
- Gently move the dough to your pie tin and press into place. Trim the extra dough from the rim of the pie tin or make a decorative edge.
- In a small bowl, beat one egg with a fork and brush the dough with the egg. This will keep your filling from saturating the dough and making it soggy.
What is your favorite pie crust filling?
Danni Baird @ Silo Hill Farm says
OK…this looks pretty simple. I pinned it and I'll give it at try!
Kim, I have never gotten very good at pie crust, but I just *know* this will work for me. Your tutorial is so clear- very handy! Pinning so I'll know where it is. 🙂
White vinegar is the surprise ingredient but the recipe calls for vodka?
Vodka is the surprise ingredient!