My favorite crust for fruit pies. Always tender and flaky!

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
16
Yield:
2 crusts
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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, combine flour, salt, baking powder and sugar.

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  • Place 1/2 cup of flour mixture in a small bowl, and stir in water until smooth.

  • Cut shortening into remaining flour mixture until it looks like coarse meal. Blend in the flour-water mixture.

  • Wrap dough and chill in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

202 calories; protein 2.4g; carbohydrates 18.8g; fat 13g; sodium 243.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2004
I've been making very good pie crusts for years with the standard Betty Crocker crisco + flour + water recipe, and I'm pretty good at it. But I wanted to experiment with adding baking soda so I chose Rocky's Miracle Pie Crust recipe. Premixing the flour mixture with the icewater flew in the face of everything I'd ever been taught. Plus I figured the sugar would accelerate the browning too much. But I took a leap of faith and tried it in a peach pie, and WOW! This crust far surpasses any crust I've ever made for texture and taste. And the dough was so much easier to handle that I couldn't believe it. The only change I made was to limit the salt to 1 tsp for the sake of my hypertense dad, and I thought the taste was plenty salty at that. Also, I baked my peach pie at 400 degrees and the crust turned out a gorgeous golden color. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Rocky! I'll never go back to Betty Crocker again! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
09/22/2004
I too wanted to try this recipe for something different. My mistake. Not flakey and bad taste ( the baking powder I guess). I will stick with hot water and lard crust. Read More
(20)
158 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 95
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 13
Rating: 5 stars
09/03/2004
I've been making very good pie crusts for years with the standard Betty Crocker crisco + flour + water recipe, and I'm pretty good at it. But I wanted to experiment with adding baking soda so I chose Rocky's Miracle Pie Crust recipe. Premixing the flour mixture with the icewater flew in the face of everything I'd ever been taught. Plus I figured the sugar would accelerate the browning too much. But I took a leap of faith and tried it in a peach pie, and WOW! This crust far surpasses any crust I've ever made for texture and taste. And the dough was so much easier to handle that I couldn't believe it. The only change I made was to limit the salt to 1 tsp for the sake of my hypertense dad, and I thought the taste was plenty salty at that. Also, I baked my peach pie at 400 degrees and the crust turned out a gorgeous golden color. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Rocky! I'll never go back to Betty Crocker again! Read More
(330)
Rating: 5 stars
09/10/2004
Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks! I might have never tried this recipe, but reading CDC123's review piqued my interest. I'm an avid cook...a 40-year veteran. I also had a favorite, tried-and-true pie crust recipe. The thought of making a slurry (??!!) from some of the flour and the water made no sense at all to me, but I just had to try and see what the other reviewers were talking about. I followed the recipe, but instead of using shortening, I used 4 ounces of unsalted butter (one stick)and 4 ounces of lard. Butter adds a rich and wonderful flavor to pie crust, and lard produces a great flaky texture. Well, I was blown away. The dough is wonderful to work with, and the finished crust is drop-dead delicious and flaky. I have NEVER made a better pie crust. This is my new favorite. Thanks, Rocky, you taught this old dog a new trick. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/19/2003
I am not an experienced pie maker. This crust was excellent. It was simple and could withstand extra handling. A very flaky crust. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2008
This was definitely the flakiest crust I have ever made! I made one and one-half recipe for 3 single pie crusts. I used 1/3 butter and 2/3 shortening. It was delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/09/2005
This is the best pie crust I have ever made! I used lard instead of shortening because I've heard that the lard will give you a flakier crust. Pairing that with this recipe definitly makes it a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/23/2007
Now I mean it this time! This is the BEST pie crust I have ever had. Do not doubt it or change it. Just try it for yourself and see. Yummy and flaky! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/25/2008
Simply the best pie crust especially if you handle it as little as possible. My boyfriend is very picky about his pie crust and he loved this one as much as his Grandmother's! Thank you Rocky. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2008
I also used the butter/shortening combo like others. And I can say this is my new favorite crust for fruit pies! I never liked ready-made refridgerator or freezer crusts because they are always to thin to stand up to hot juice and gravy. This did just great! I'm sure it will be awesome with my chicken pot pie recipe too. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
09/22/2004
I too wanted to try this recipe for something different. My mistake. Not flakey and bad taste ( the baking powder I guess). I will stick with hot water and lard crust. Read More
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