Jan's StoryI got this from a good friend who was a fantastic baker! It works for everyone, is easy and you can freeze extra dough. If you think you can't make piecrust, try this recipe!
I made a full batch on 11/21/11 and the yield was 25 balls of dough (one ball makes one single crust) and takes a really large bowl to mix (I use my 13 qt. stainless). You can cut this down into thirds, I've put those measurements in parenthesis.
This can be used for pies, tarts, meat pies, or just sprinkle a piece w/cinn sugar & roll up & cut in slices & bake for a snack! It can be used for 'fried pies' also.
5 (5 c) lb
all purpose flour
3 (1) lb
shortening (crisco, spry, etc)
3 (1) Tbsp
vinegar (distilled white or cider)
3 (1) c
1Place flour into large bowl (or deep roaster pan); use a large wooden spoon or spatula to get shortening out of can; work shortening into flour with your hands, until it is like coarse meal.
2In a 1 cup measure, break one egg, then add 1 tblsp. vinegar, stir a little, then fill up with cold water to make cup measure. If making full recipe, do this THREE times. Add to the flour/shortening mixture. It will be sloppy wet but don't give up!
3Using hands, mix until well combined, holds together and dough forms. For each crust, use a ball of dough the size of a baseball (9" crust). Place dough onto lightly floured surface and roll out.
4If you are doing the full recipe and not using it all, make all dough into balls, wrap individually in plastic wrap and then put those into gallon-size freezer zip bag. I can get 6 balls in a bag. Will keep several months in freezer.
About this Recipe
Jan W Neeniejan - May 17, 2011
NIKKI SMITH adorefood - May 17, 2011
Great post Jan, This is a keeper....♥My mom's name was ninajean-neeniejan...cool...:)
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - May 17, 2011
I agree with you Nikki!!! I love this recipe! Jan I also love the fact that you put the 1/3 batch in parenthesis...!!! Thanks Jan!
Jan W Neeniejan - May 20, 2011
Nikki...that's cool the way the names just have letters switched around...great neices started calling me that & it stuck!
Colleen...I don't know many ppl who wouldn't be afraid to make the whole batch, it really makes a lot! So, to keep ppl from being scared off, I decided to put in smaller amounts so they would be more apt to try it! It's the ONLY recipe I can make, others get tough if I reroll (happened alot, too many holes!) and this one doesn't. Let me know if you try it & how you like it.
Betty Graves ILUVSPICES - May 23, 2011
Jan: I have a real problem making crut. I will try this one. Thanks for sharing.