This pie dough is seriously the best. I’m serious. It’s one of those recipes that I have never had to alter because it is that perfect. It’s a very special recipe. It’s my Grandma Joan’s recipe and it has been handed down to me as a family heirloom. I’ll share it with you today but please make this! You won’t be sorry.
Imagine the scene: Walking into Grandma’s house and there being 3 pies waiting for you! It was a miracle. And the whole house smelled like pie and Grandma and happiness. Have you ever smelled the aroma of happiness? I’m pretty sure it’s pie baking in the oven. There were always different pies, but usually a berry pie, maybe an apple, but ALWAYS a pecan pie. My personal favorite is berry pie but apple is scrumptious as well. Ok let’s be honest, I’ve ever met a pie I didn’t like. The filling is pretty simple but the secret to a great pie is the crust!
We all want that flaky crust with just the right crunch and that buttery taste. I’ve done a lot of research on pie recipes and they are really time consuming. You freeze the butter in cubes and THEN make a dough and THEN refrigerate it and THEN bring to room temperature and THEN you can make your pie. It’s like people believe the more difficult the pie dough recipe, the better. But I know better, thanks to Grandma Joan.
This recipe is EASY. The hardest part about pie making should be getting your dough from the surface to the pie dish, and that’s where I will show you some tricks I have picked up.
The other thing that’s wonderful about this recipe is that you make a batch that makes 4 balls of dough, so whatever you don’t use you can wrap in saran wrap and FREEZE. Yes this dough freezes very well and all you have to do is defrost it when you want to make a pie. I like to do this and always have dough in the freezer. That way whenever we are invited to a dinner party or a function I can volunteer to bring my pie. People love a homemade pie. Every party I bring it to it’s gone as soon as they start slicing it! And since the dough is already made its actually a very easy dish to bring to a party. This pie dough won’t let you down! Please make it and tell me how much your family or friends loved it. This recipe is just for the dough but up next will be my apple pie filling recipe so if you put them together you can be making an apple pie in no time! As different fruits go in season there will be more fillings to go into this glorious crust so stay tuned!
The Best Pie Dough Ever
4 cups of flour
2 teaspoons of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 tablespoon of vinegar
1 3/4 cups of butter flavored Crisco
1/2 cup of water
For egg wash and garnish:
turbinado sugar (sometimes called sugar in the raw)