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Simple Pie Crust Recipe

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My family has been using the same simple pie crust recipe for over 100 years.

Pie Crust Recipe

My great-grandmother (who died just before turning 107) passed her pie crust recipe down to my grandmother. My grandmother passed it down to my mother. My mother passed it down to me. I will pass it down to my daughter.

Five Generations of Pie Eaters Pie Crust Recipe

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We are five generations of pie eaters!

And today I’m sharing the recipe with you!

It’s crazy easy to make this pie crust. I was baking pies solo at the age of 9 – that’s how easy this pie crust is to make!

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Pie Crust Recipe

Simple Pie Crust Recipe


  • Author: Anna @ My Life and Kids

Description

Such a simple pie crust recipe – passed down in my family for over 100 years!


Scale

Ingredients

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cups shortening (I use white Crisco)
  • 1 Tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons salt
  • In separate bowl mix,
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 egg

Instructions

  1. Mix together the flour, shortening, sugar and salt using your hands, a pastry cutter or a food processor.
  2. Stir in the wet ingredients.
  3. Chill for 15 minutes or more before rolling out on a floured surface and filling with your favorite pie filling.

Notes

This makes enough crust for one 2-crust pie AND one single-crust pie.

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9 Comments

  1. Vicki

    September 20, 2012 at 9:07 am

    Thanks, Anna,

    I seldom make pie from scratch, but love having a good recipe just in case. I’ve copied it into my recipe software program, MacGourmet, and will let you know how I like it once I’ve used it.

    Love your blog,

    xoxo

  2. Katie @ Oh Shine On

    September 20, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    I love this post and it’s value — recipes that have been passed down are simply the best. I’m always looking for a great pie recipe!

  3. Andrea

    September 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    My heart skipped a beat as I read this post. I, too come from a long line of pie makers and eaters! LOVED the photos! I have a scanned in copy of my great-grandmother’s pie crust recipe that I plan to share with my daughter. Can’t wait to try yours, too!

  4. susan

    September 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm

    I absolutely treasure the handwritten recipes that were passed down in my family. Your post made me miss my grandmother and her holiday pies! But it was a good miss. Thank you!

  5. sparkling74

    September 21, 2012 at 7:27 am

    I hate making crust because my kitchen isn’t great for rolling things out but I did find a recipe we both liked and it uses yogurt!

    But what I really want to say is I love those shorts yo’re wearing in the picture of your 9 year old self holding a pie. Isn’t it amazing that almost 30 years later they are all the rage once again???

  6. Erin S

    September 22, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Such a beautiful post! It is amazing that your family has 5 generations for one photo. Looking forward to trying the recipe for making yummy fall pies this fall.

  7. Anna @ My Life and Kids

    April 28, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Just follow the instructions for whatever type of pie you’re making. I usually follow a Betty Crocker recipe for best cooking temps – depending on what type of pie I’m making. Hope that helps!

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  9. Michelle

    November 14, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Hi Anna. I am so excited to try out your recipe this afternoon for my pre-Christmas baking.
    Your story really moved me. My Nannie was an amazing baker and I like to think I carry a part of her and her passion in my soul. I came across this craft recently (I am making a couple for my family this Christmas!!) and wanted to share it with you. I am new to all of this, so I apologize if its old-news lol.
    http://blog.spoonflower.com/2012/07/turn-recipes-into-tea-towels.html
    Cheers!!

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