Never Fail Pie Crust


  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cups shortening
  • 1 T sugar
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 T vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup water


. Using a fork or pastry blender, mix together the first 4 ingredients.
In a separate dish, beat the remaining ingredients. Combine the 2 mixtures, stirring with a fork until all ingredients are moistened. Then divide into 5 parts and shape into balls. Chill for 15 minutes before rolling out or wrap and freeze.

here are my top tips for baking a great pie crust, regardless of what recipe you use:

  1. Keep your fat cold.
  2. Pea-sized specks of butter should be visible in the mixture.
  3. Refrigerate the dough after mixing – but not for too long.
  4. Roll carefully and slowly.
  5. Rechill the dough before baking.
  6. Build a protective barrier to keep the crust crisp.
  7. Make plenty and freeze!
  8. Bake your pie on the bottom rack of the oven.