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Secret Family Recipe…My Grandma’s Flaky Pie Crust



Sylvia shared her secret ingredient to making homemade pie crusts to the Facebook world. The crusts are unfailingly flaky and light, so I thought everyone enjoy!

Click here to watch my aunt make this delightful pie crust!

2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder (Sylvia’s secret ingredient)
1 cup shortening, chilled
4, 5, or more Tablespoons ice water

Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 4-5 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a teaspoonful at a time until the dough comes together.

Gently gather dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 20 minutes before rolling. Roll out dough, and put in a pie plate and finish your pie according to directions. For a baked shell: bake in the preheated oven approximately 8 minutes or until just turning golden around edges.

Makes 2 pie crusts.