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Basic Easy Crust


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup Crisco
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs. white vinegar
  • 3-4 Tbs. ice water


In a medium size bowl stir the flour and salt together. Cut in the shortenings using a pastry blender. Keep working the flour and shortening until the mixture is rather grainy, like coarse cornmeal. Mix the egg and vinegar together and, using a wooden fork, stir the mixture into the flour. Add enough ice water so the dough barely holds together. Place on a marble pastry board or a plastic countertop and knead for just a few turns, enough so that the dough holds together and becomes rollable.

I roll my dough out on a piece of waxed paper. It is easy to handle that way. If you have a rolling pin this will make this easy. If you use a wooden one be sure to dust a teaspoon of flour on it a couple of times when you are rolling the dough.

NOTE: If you wish to use this recipe for a fruit or sweet pie simply stir in 1 tablespoon sugar along with the flour and salt. This recipe will make enough dough for one 9 inch pie with two crusts, top and bottom.

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