My Cousin Arlene, A regular commentor on two of my three blogs has stated that she prefers homemade pie crusts over the store bought. I must say that I agree with her.. Both of my recipes for pies on this blog have suggested the use of the already made pie crust. (For the lazy,like myself and for people who are just starting to cook who don't know how to make a crust.)
I took Home Economics in High School...(I was bored with shop and wanted to try something different. )I learned to make a pie crust there and later when I was in the United States Air Force, I perfected it. Here is my cousin's recipe for a Pie Crust. It's quite unique in that it uses Vodka...(No joke!)
3 cups flour
1 tsp salt, kosher-not iodized
1 tbs sugar
1/3 cup Crisco, very cold
1 1/2 sticks butter, very cold
1/4 cup vodka (SmirnoffS), very cold
1/4 cup water, very cold but no ice chips
She states that she uses the food processor to mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Then you"Cut in" the butter and shortening by using 8 or 9 short pulses. Sprinkle the vodka and water over the flour/butter/crisco mixture and process about 5 or 6 pulses. You've got pie crust!!
Divide the dough in half and rest it at least 40 minutes in the refrigerator. Roll it out for the bottom crust and rest it for 20 minutes in the freezer. Use plenty of flour on the surface to roll out the dough. Add the filling and top with the reamining rolled out dough. This crust makes any filling taste great!