This is an old pie crust recipe, made with egg and vinegar, along with the usual ingredients.

Marie
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. Cut shortening into the flour until it is the size of peas.

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  • In a 2 cup measuring cup, beat the egg lightly. Add vinegar, then fill to 1 1/2 cups with cold water.

  • Add just enough liquid to flour mixture to hold the dough together. It should be approximately 4 tablespoons. Reserve remaining liquid for your next batch of dough.

  • Handle dough as little as possible. Roll out and use as desired.

Nutrition Facts

188.8 calories; 2.4 g protein; 14.9 g carbohydrates; 11.6 mg cholesterol; 77.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2004
I'm a professional pie maker and have used this recipe for years. Produces a flakey brown crust. When you add the water and mix slightly transfer all ingredients to plastic bag and finish mixing in bag and store in refrigerator. This eliminates handling too much. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2007
This was okay. It's pretty flaky but lacking in flavour. I would make it again using part butter. I did like the way the bottom crust held up to my juicy blueberry pie not at all soggy. As well it rolled out really nicely (I rolled it out between plastic wrap no addtional flour needed). Read More
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  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2004
I'm a professional pie maker and have used this recipe for years. Produces a flakey brown crust. When you add the water and mix slightly transfer all ingredients to plastic bag and finish mixing in bag and store in refrigerator. This eliminates handling too much. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
04/17/2004
I'm a professional pie maker and have used this recipe for years. Produces a flakey brown crust. When you add the water and mix slightly transfer all ingredients to plastic bag and finish mixing in bag and store in refrigerator. This eliminates handling too much. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2004
My mother was an excellent pie baker. This is the crust recipe she always used and it's wonderful! I had lost it through the years so I really appreciate having it again. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2005
Wow! I come from a long line of women who are known far and wide for their exceptionally bad pastry and I definately fit into the family tree. I have tried dozens of pastry recipes and at best they resemble soggy cardboard or old shoe leather. I have made this recipe twice now and both times it's been nice and flakey just like my MIL makes!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2012
This was a great pastry crust. Did use lard instead of shortening - did they have shortening 101 years ago? WARNING - you will not be using the entire 1 1/2 water! I used my food processor to pulse the fat and flour into crumbs - it really helps to have your fat cold when making any pastry. After assembling the pie I used some of the left over egg / vinegar / water to brush the top crust. It worked out really nicely for chicken pot pie. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2007
This was okay. It's pretty flaky but lacking in flavour. I would make it again using part butter. I did like the way the bottom crust held up to my juicy blueberry pie not at all soggy. As well it rolled out really nicely (I rolled it out between plastic wrap no addtional flour needed). Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/24/2012
this dough was sooooooooooooo greasy! Yes it was fine to work with but....not cool with the amount of shortening. I used half of the mixed wet ingredients called for. Anyway...I went at it again with my own proportions (to use up rest of liquids) and with 1/2 the shortening and it was much better. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2006
this isn't exactly great for flakey pastry puff kind of dough but it's really good for the bottom of savory pies. i use it often. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/10/2005
This is the same recipe passed down from my g-g-grandmother who used it in her restaurant. She used it to bake pies for the original Bob Evans before he become famous. They were family friends & neighbors. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2006
The first time I made this it didn't turn out so well but I tried it again with the leftover liquid and it was extremely good and flaky! I had to use closer to six tablespoons of liquid though not four to hold the dough together properly. Mixing in the bag helped a lot. Thanks for that suggestion! Read More
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