So…I must admit I have had a terrible time making pies. One year the crust was hard and inedible. You can always tell when people start scraping out the filling that the crust is gross! The next year my crusts melted when I baked them. Yep, it folded in on itself like a melting snowman. So, this year I didn’t have high hopes, but you can’t go through the holidays without pie!
I went back to my mom’s trusted recipe, but I replaced regular Crisco with butter flavor! Well, ladies and gentleman, we have success! This crust was light and flaky and simply delish!!! I must admit I have a lot of work to do on presentation, but the taste was spectacular. I may have even eaten the crust alone!! Luckily, I didn’t have to because the banana cream filling worked out marvelously as well.
Here is my pie crust recipe. It will make two crusts:
2 cups flour
1 cup butter flavor Crisco (Don’t go with another brand. I think that is why my other pie crusts have failed miserably!)
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup ice water (I only used 3 1/2 tablespoons of the water)
Mix flour, Crisco and salt. Cut together until Crisco is in pea sized bits.
Add one tablespoon ice water and mix with fork. Add more water until crust starts to pull away from sides. Knead briefly with hands to pull together. Do not overdo it. This will make your crust tough.
Divide in half and roll out. Put in pie pan and poke holes in crust before baking.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Check it at about 12 minutes – I don’t like my crusts overly brown. Yummy! Good luck and fill with something delish! Chocolate, banana cream, coconut cream, raspberry cream….