My mom has been baking pies with this crust for over 30 years. Very simple and flaky.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add orange juice a tablespoon at a time, tossing with a fork, until the flour mixture is moistened. When you squeeze a handful of the moistened pastry mixture, it should form a ball. Divide the dough in half and shape into balls. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate before rolling.

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Nutrition Facts

269 calories; protein 2.8g 6% DV; carbohydrates 20.9g 7% DV; fat 19.5g 30% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 291.3mg 12% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (17)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2014
Excellent! If a pie crust is still flaky the next day, then I consider it a great pie crust. I did use lard since family members are allergic to soy based shortenings. I chilled the dough for 10 minutes. I sprinkled a small amount of flour on waxed paper, then rolled the dough between two pieces of waxed paper. Easy Peasy! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/22/2018
Complete disaster I had to find a store opened on Thanks Giving morning to buy a pre-made crust. I added 50% to the recipe and it still wasn't enough dough to fit a 9" plate. It was so thin I wasn't able to even transfer it to the plate. What a waste of time! does all recipes even test these recipes? All my time to make the crust was thrown in the trash!!!!:-( Read More
21 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2014
Excellent! If a pie crust is still flaky the next day, then I consider it a great pie crust. I did use lard since family members are allergic to soy based shortenings. I chilled the dough for 10 minutes. I sprinkled a small amount of flour on waxed paper, then rolled the dough between two pieces of waxed paper. Easy Peasy! Read More
(18)
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2015
Loves it! Tried making other types of crust bit this one beats all! Instead of orange juice I used Sunny D "smooth" gave a really great zest! Used for a pumpkin pie and it stays flaky! Loved. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2015
It was amazing. I used coconut oil instead of shortening I also used fresh squeezed orange juice. I used about 3 tblsp of the OJ. I then used a tbslp of butter on top layer and sprinkled sugar on top to give it that crisp. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2015
I make this recipe all the time and get rave remarks. I change the shortening to 1/2 butter ande shortening. Very good and a little French. Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
03/05/2015
Delicious! Thank you for this recipe! I used butter not shortening so I didn't need as much orange juice. Great recipe! Will use it again! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2018
I LOVE this pie crust recipe. I have always had issues with pie crusts and I've made this one a few times and it turns out perfect every time. It's light and flakey and had a nice buttery flavor. In the past my crusts would be tough and flavorless. Great recipe! Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2018
I used this recipe with the "Grandma Ople's Apple Pie" recipe and it turned out a delicious pie!! The top crisped up really nice I only had cherry juice in the house so I used that instead of orange juice so it was pink when it was raw but it still turned out very nice. It was sweet enough it complimented the filling but not so sweet that it overshadowed it. It was an easy to make good texture to eat pie crust I would definitely use again. Read More
(1)
Rating: 4 stars
07/02/2018
The recipe was perfect however amounts are off in my opinion. The crust was perfectly flakey and so easy to make. I am giving 4 stars only because both times I made it I didn t have enough dough for the bottom OR the top! Next time I will simply make more using this recipe. I think a simple edit to let everyone know what size this is for. My pie pans were the only ones at the store so I cannot imagine they were too big or anything. I attempted to roll it out big enough to fit and this resulted in it being too thin. Such a great recipe anyway!!! Read More
(1)
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2016
This turned out very well for me and is the best pie crust recipe I've used. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
11/22/2018
Complete disaster I had to find a store opened on Thanks Giving morning to buy a pre-made crust. I added 50% to the recipe and it still wasn't enough dough to fit a 9" plate. It was so thin I wasn't able to even transfer it to the plate. What a waste of time! does all recipes even test these recipes? All my time to make the crust was thrown in the trash!!!!:-( Read More