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Basic Easy Crust

Author/Submitted by: Jeff Smith
Servings: 1
Categories: Crust-Pie / Desserts / Pies & Pastries

3  Cups  All-purpose flour
1  Teaspoon  Salt
1/2  Cup  Margarine
1/2  Cup  Crisco
1    Egg
1  Tablespoon  White vinegar
3  Tablespoons  to 4 tablespoons Ice water

In a medium-size bowl stir the flour and salt together. Cut in the shortenings using a pastry blender. Keep working the flour and shortenings until the mixture is rather grainy, like coarse cornmeal. In a small bowl mix the egg and vinegar together and, using a wooden fork, stir the mixture into the flour. Add enough ice water so that the dough barely holds together. Place on a marble pastry board or a plastic countertop and knead for just a few turns, enough so the dough holds together and becomes rollable. I roll my dough out on waxed paper. It is easy to handle that way. If you have a marble rolling pin this will be easy. If you use a wooden one be sure to dust a teaspoon of flour on it a couple of times when you are rolling the dough. Note: If you wish to use this recipe for a sweet pie simply stir in 1 tablespoon of sugar along with the flour and salt. Recipe Source: THE FRUGAL GOURMET by Jeff Smith >From the 01-06-1993 issue - The Springfield Union-News Formatted for MasterCook II by: Joe Comiskey {* Prodigy Service ID # JPMD44A} on 09-02-1995

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