Perfect Pie Crust

Perfect Pie Crust


3 cups flour
1 t salt
1 cup shortening or lard
1 egg
1 t white vinegar
5 T cold water

Spoon Mage™ Notes:

Click here for more detailed and quite magical directions on how the Spoon Mage™ creates a perfect pie crust.

One of my favorite vinegars to use for this is Champagne Vinegar.


Lightly spoon the flour into the measuring cups (use a flat sided knife to level). Add the flour to a large bowl. Measure the salt into the flour and stir well.

Beat the egg in a small bowl with the 1 t vinegar.

Reserve 5 T cold water in a small bowl.

Cut the shortening to the flour until the mixture is reduced to evenly sized tiny little balls that are smaller than peas.

Add the egg vinegar mixture to the flour. Stir just to the point of where it is mostly mixed in.

Add water, a tablespoon at a time, stirring only until all the dry particles are moistened.

pie crust fluting

Fluting the crust

Divide the dough into two equal halves and press into two small balls. Wrap each ball with a piece of wax paper or a tea towel to keep them from drying out

Sprinkle flour on the rolling surface and place one ball in the center of the flour. Sprinkle a bit of flour on top.

Use your hands to flatten one ball out into a reasonably round shape, and roll, turning frequently until the dough is slightly larger than the pie pan.

Spray a pie pan with cooking spray and center the dough into the pan, press slightly.

Flute, or crimp, the edges if your pie only uses one bottom crust, fill, and bake. Otherwise, after filling, top with the second crust and flute the two crusts together. Remember that you can amend the crust with a touch of water and an extra bit of dough as needed.

If you put a top crust on the pie, cut some nice decorative and functional steam vents in the top crust.

Now, let’s make a pie! How about a nice Apple Pie? Or if savory is what you want, try making your very own Chicken Pot Pie!

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