Pie crust is usually intimidating to make on your own at first. The most important thing is to overcome this fear by making it! It is so simple, once you start making it, you would never go back to buying when you realize how easy it is to make! There is nothing like homemade! A few points to note when making pie crust is that the margarine and shortening need to be straight out the refrigerator and the water needs to be iced cold. This is so that the shortening and butter are kept cold by the water and do not melt into the flour but form little pockets that melt in between the layers and puff up during the baking process to make the crust flaky. Using the prongs of the fork is also important to make air escape so that it releases and not make the entire crust swell as this will happen. The colder the crust the better it will bake up. Over-kneading is also a no no in making your own pie crust as the heat from your hands will contribute to the quick thawing of the margarine and shortening and we do not want this. Once the steps in the recipe are followed with these points in mind you should have a fabulous savory pie crust ready for any filling! Enjoy!
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Yields: One 9″ Pastry crust
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup cold shortening cubed
1/4 cup cold margarine cubed plus 1/2 tbsp melted
1/2 cup cold water
Combine the flour, salt, shortening and margarine. Use either a pastry cutter or a food processor to incorporate the shortening and butter into the flour as quickly as possible. It should look like bread crumbs. Slowly add water to mixture and mix. Knead and form dough into a ball. Do not over-knead. Slightly flatten, wrap in plastic wrap and freeze for at least 15 minutes or more once time permits. The pie crust can stay in the freezer overnight or longer. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Roll out slightly flattened dough to approximately 14″ in diameter or as thin as not to burst when lifting. Place rolled out dough into pie dish or tart pan. Fit properly to bottom ends of the dish and then trim excess dough to the top of dish using a kitchen shears or by running a knife on the edge of the dish. Using a fork, gently score pie crust with the prongs. Brush scored pie crust with melted butter and bake for 10 minutes. It is now a pre-baked pie crust ready for any savory filling.
Note: It is optional before baking that the prepared pie crust can be refrigerated in the freezer for 15-30 minutes again.