Monday, August 31, 2009

Recipe: Grandma's Pie Crust

This is a special posting for Our Kitchen Island as we made the trip to Grandma's house to learn how to make pies!!! Grandma's pies are very special in our family as Grandma ensures she has pie for dessert at every family event, whether it is Christmas, Thanksgiving or just a pool party. They are always seasonal and I think everyone in the family has a favorite except for my Dad who likes them all.
Every pie Grandma makes starts with a pie crust which she either makes fresh or from the freezer. Although I am sharing my Grandma with the world, this post is probably more selfish in nature being able to spend the day with Grandma and learning how to make pie!
Pie Crust Recipe
The Recipe: Pie Crust

1 cup of lard at room temperature
1 beaten egg
2 tbsp vinegar
1/2 cup boiling water
3 cups of flour

Add water to lard and mix with a fork until uniform. Add vinegar, beaten egg and continue mixing with a fork. Gradually add the flour and mix with your hands once the flour has been incorporated into the wet ingredients. Mix until dough is smooth, the dough should not be sticky to the touch. If the dough is too wet you can put it in the fridge until it is cool. The dough will make about 6 standard pie crusts.Completed Pie CrustsTake 1/6 of the dough and form into a circle with your hands. Place the dough on a well floured surface and with a floured rolling pin roll the dough so that it is slightly larger than your pie plate. Continue flouring the dough as required to ensure it does not stick. Place the dough in a lightly floured you pie plate by folding the dough in half on the table and unfolding once in the pie plate. Add you favorite filling and enjoy!