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When I bake, it’s all about fresh ingredients and everything is home made. That includes my pie crust. The only time I don’t make a pie crust is when I’m making a quiche. For some reason it just doesn’t seem to be important with a quiche, but for my pies – absolutely.

I like making my own pie crust and they taste so much better than something that’s been sitting in the freezer at the grocery store.

And, you know, pie crusts are really easy to make. They’re only 3 ingredients and cold water.

IngredPie
I do like to make a little bit larger crust because the single ones are always a litttttle bit too small for my pie plates. They barely fit a 9” plate, and my plates all seem to be 10”.  You’ll find when you roll this out  it’s easier to go up the sides of the pie plate, you don’t have to patch it and there is plenty on the top edge for a nice thick fluting.

Mix together
1-1/2 cup flower
½ teaspoon salt

Cut in
8 tablespoons shortening.

Gradually add 
3-4 tablespoons cold water, mixing until flour is moistened.

PieMixed

Shape dough into ball.
PieBall

Flatten to 1”. On lightly floured board, roll dough into a circle about 2 inches larger than your pie pan.

PieRolled

Place in pie pan. Turn edge under and flute if desired.
PieFluted

This does not have baking instructions, because your pie recipe should tell you what to do for that individual recipe.