Simple Pie Crust (made with shortening and butter)

This Perfect Pie Crust (made with shortening and butter) comes together with just a few ingredients, one of which may just surprise you: vinegar.

This Perfect Pie Crust (made with shortening and butter) comes together with just a few ingredients, one of which may just surprise you: vinegar.

Simple Pie Crust Recipe

Flaky is one characteristic I certainly don’t want to be described as. It’s got some serious negative undertones, and nobody likes to have flaky family members or friends. However, the one (and maybe only) case where it’s okay to be flaky is when it comes to pie crust.

And oh, my goodness, is this perfect pie crust flaky! It may even be flakier than that friend who ALWAYS reschedules dinner plans. (You know the one!) Funny enough, this thick and decadent crust only requires a few simple ingredients: flour, shortening, butter (if you want), milk, and vinegar.

That’s right — vinegar. It’s not a typo. Vinegar actually acts as a separating agent between the shortening and flour, to some extent, creating the most beautiful and yummy layers of crust that will make you want to use this crust for every last pie you whip up from here on out. Guaranteed.

This Perfect Pie Crust (made with shortening and butter) comes together with just a few ingredients, one of which may just surprise you: vinegar.

Why do you put vinegar in pie crust?

Vinegar actually makes pie crust dough so much easier to work with because it tenderizes the dough. It hinders gluten development just slightly, resulting in a crusty, flaky, and flawless pie crust.

How do you keep a pie crust from getting soggy?

When your dough is prepped and you’re ready to make pie, sometimes adding fillings creates a soggy pie crust. To avoid this, you can try pre-baking the crust, or blind baking it for a bit before adding the fillings. Another way to keep sogginess away is by brushing the crust with egg to create a barrier between pie crust and filling. It’s also important to keep as much moisture out as possible, so if you’re making a fruit pie, let the raw fruit sit with some sugar to extract extra moisture. Strain the fruit before putting together your pie.

Why is my pie crust hard?

It’s super vital to mix your flour with the butter and shortening until the fat is finely crumbled to small pieces no bigger than a pea. This will help you to avoid big sections of dry flour in the dough, which can make the pie crust hard when baked.

This Perfect Pie Crust (made with shortening and butter) comes together with just a few ingredients, one of which may just surprise you: vinegar.

This Perfect Pie Crust (made with shortening and butter) comes together with just a few ingredients, one of which may just surprise you: vinegar.

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Perfect Pie Crust


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 1 9" top and bottom crust 1x

Description

This Perfect Pie Crust (made with shortening and butter) comes together with just a few ingredients, one of which may just surprise you: vinegar.


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Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup shortening (you can also use half shortening and half butter)
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar + enough milk to make 1/2 cup

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, cut shortening into flour until it resembles fine crumbles, with pieces no bigger than a pea.
  2. Make a well in the center, and add milk-vinegar mixture.
  3. Stir just until the dough forms a ball.
  4. Use for your favorite pie.
  5. Makes one very thick pie crust for top and bottom of a 9-inch pie.

Notes

  • The vinegar is the secret here. Instead of helping the shortening stick to the flour, it almost repels the two, making the flakiest of flaky crusts.
  • Recipe from my friend, David Hunt.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pie, pie crust, apple pie, baking, dessert, recipe

How fun is this old picture!

This Perfect Pie Crust (made with shortening and butter) comes together with just a few ingredients, one of which may just surprise you: vinegar.

Now you can make all the pies!

This Perfect Pie Crust (made with shortening and butter) comes together with just a few ingredients, one of which may just surprise you: vinegar.

Pie recipes that you’ll love to use this pie crust with:

This Homemade Pie Crust Recipe (made with shortening and butter) comes together with just a few ingredients, one of which may just surprise you: vinegar.

This post was originally published in 2010 and has been updated and rephotographed in June 2019.

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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