Penny Burdge Recipe

Original Crisco Pie Crust Recipe from the 1940s

By Penny Burdge PennyInKC


Rating:
Serves:
8
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Method:
Bake
Comments:

This is the perfect pie crust for a novice pie baker. It's very forgiving. This is the crust I used to learn to bake pies.

I still use it but now I substitute some butter for some of the the Crisco.

Ingredients

1 1/2 c
flour
1/2 c
crisco
1/2 tsp
salt
3-4 Tbsp
ice water

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Mix up the flour and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
Remove 1/4 cup and put that in a small bowl.
2
Cut the Crisco into the flour/salt mixture until it resembles fine crumbs.
3
Make a paste of the ice water and the reserved flour/salt mixture. Stir it well with a fork until it is smooth.
4
Using a rubber/silicone spatula, scrape the paste onto the flour/salt/Crisco mixture. Mix with a fork, and then gently with your clean hands. Refrigerate for about an hour.
5
Dust your work surface with flour. Pat the dough into an evenly thick round, then use a rolling pin and beginning at the center roll outward, turn the dough a quarter turn, roll out again and repeat. Roll evenly until the dough is about 11" in diameter.
6
Roll the dough up onto the rolling pin and lay gently into a 9" pie pan. Press gently into the bottom and sides of the pan, allow about a 1" overhang. Turn under the overhang and flute the edges. Using the tines of the fork, prick the bottom and sides of the dough. This helps keep the dough from shrinking while baking. Refrigerate the crust for one hour before baking. This helps give it a flaky texture when baked. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees F.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Pies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American

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4 Comments

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Penny Burdge PennyInKC
Thursday at 10:43 AM
No Kathy, my grandmother was from Ohio, but this recipe came to me from my mother. She said it was used in WWII because butter was a great luxury then and hard to get.
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Kathy Hudnall KATHYHUD
Mar 22, 2015
Was your grandma from Memphis?
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Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin
Dec 20, 2012
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
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Nancy J. Patrykus Finnjin
Dec 20, 2012
My favorite recipe....
now I use the butter flavored Crisco...yellow color.
Best pie crust going, for sure!!
Nancy...12/20/12