Perfect Pie Crust

Light, flaky, and delicious!

I found this recipe on The Pioneer Woman’s website. I have been using it for a few years and it always comes out perfect. It’s very easy to make and work with.

Ingredients:

  • 1-1/2 cup shortening (I use Spectrum Organic Shortening)
  • 3 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 5 Tablespoons Cold Water
  • 1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the shortening and flour using a pastry cutter for about 3 or 4 minutes until it resembles a coarse meal.

In a small bowl, beat an egg with a fork and then pour it into the flour/shortening mixture.

Add 5 tablespoons of cold water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir together gently until all of the ingredients are incorporated. The dough may feel slightly wet or sticky.

Separate the dough into thirds for 3 crusts. Form 3 evenly sized balls of dough and place each dough into a large Ziploc bag. Using a rolling pin, slightly flatten each ball of dough (about ½ inch thick) to make rolling easier later. Seal the bags and place them in the freezer for 20 minutes or until you need them.

Roll the dough on a floured surface (sprinkling with flour and turning the dough) until it’s 1/2 to 1 inch larger than the diameter of your pie pan. Lift one side of the dough and fold it back over the other side of the dough, making a half circle. Carefully, lift the straight side of the dough to the half way point on the pie pan and then unfold to cover the entire pan. Gently fit the dough

With a spatula, lift the dough carefully from the surface of the counter into the pie pan. Gently press the dough against the corner of the pan. Go around the pie pan pinching and tucking the dough to make a clean edge.

If you are baking a single pie crust alone, preheat the oven to 400°.  Place aluminum foil gently inside the crust and then use pie weights (or dry rice or beans) into the bottom and up the sides a bit. This will keep the crust from bubbling up. Bake it for about 10 minutes or until the edge just begins to brown. Gently, remove the foil with the pie weights and continue baking until the crust is golden brown. Let crust cool before filling.

 

For a 2-crust pie, check out my other pie recipes:

Apple Pie

Sour Cream Apple Pie

 

Black Bean Mango Salsa

Great Salsa Recipe from Our Best Bites,
quickly becoming one of my favorite cookbooks.

The mango and avocado make it a taste explosion!

BBM Salsa

Ingredients:

1 can (15.5 oz) black beans, rinsed and drained

1 medium mango, peeled and diced (about 1 cup)

1/2 cup red onion (about 1/2 medium onion)

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

2 teaspoons red wine vinegar

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

1 medium avocado diced

Directions:

In a large bowl, combine the black beans, mango, red onion, and cilantro.

In a small bowl, combine lime juice, vinegar, sugar, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Stir to dissolve the sugar and then pour over black bean mixture.

Cover and chill in the refrigerator at least an hour.

When ready to serve, gently fold in the diced avocado.

Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

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