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My mother was always awesome at making flaky pie crusts from scratch. I have tried her recipe and cant get it right. I mean flaky. Any ideas?
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Flaky pie Crust

posted at 10/20/2010 9:29 PM EDT
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My mother was always awesome at making flaky pie crusts from scratch. I have tried her recipe and cant get it right. I mean flaky. Any ideas?

Re: Flaky pie Crust

posted at 10/20/2010 10:18 PM EDT
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America's Test Kitchen at Cook's Illustrated says to use vodka instead of water for a flaky crust.  The alchol burns off and there is no taste of vodka.   I haven't tried that yet.  Martha Stewart has a recipe for Pate Bris that sounds good.  I know you shouldn't handle it too much.

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posted at 10/21/2010 8:46 PM EDT
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In Response to Flaky pie Crust:
My mother was always awesome at making flaky pie crusts from scratch. I have tried her recipe and cant get it right. I mean flaky. Any ideas?
Posted by jatissa p


I know what you mean jatissa!  My Mom did too and she would use a shortening called Fluffo, now that was many years ago and of course Fluffo isn't being made anymore.  But my Mom sure had the knack for making the perfect pie crust every time.  How I miss her! Frown

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posted at 10/21/2010 10:34 PM EDT
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http://www.marthawhite.com/Recipes/Detail.aspx?recipeID=2763&mealtype=32


Here's pie crust from Martha White try that. Maybe they don't make Fluffo but you
can use Crisco Shortening  it's the same difference.

Re: Flaky pie Crust

posted at 10/21/2010 10:56 PM EDT
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Crisco Pie crust recipe



http://www.crisco.com/Recipes/PrintRecipe_Letter.aspx?recipeID=1242&loc=9



http://www.crisco.com/MyCrisco/Messageboard/messages.aspx?TopicID=14246

Re: Flaky pie Crust

posted at 10/22/2010 2:36 PM EDT
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Here's  another pie crust recipe .




http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/pie-crust-recipe

Re: Flaky pie Crust

posted at 10/22/2010 3:54 PM EDT
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My mom made great pie crust too and for the life of me I cannot so I buy mine. Could not use the volkda since not alcohol cooks out.
Found that out on the food channel. Do not use any alcoholl in cooking and all my favorings are acholol free. Been sober 18 1/2 years now. Maybe should try again with the crust been awhile. Want to do cream puffs too. Mom made the best.

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posted at 10/22/2010 8:05 PM EDT
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Sharon T...

Talk about Cream Puffs, I make a Cream Puff Cake that tastes just like the old fashion Cream Puffs!  When I make it, I might get 2 pieces and my husband eats the rest.  It's his favorite!

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posted at 10/22/2010 8:09 PM EDT
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Thanks Eva...I will give it a try!

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posted at 10/22/2010 8:39 PM EDT
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I wonder if I should try that ... Never in my entire life have I made a successful pie crust  (of course, I haven't even tried in 20 years) or a good loaf of bread.  Yeast is beyond me too.

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posted at 10/22/2010 9:04 PM EDT
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Your welcome Susan K.

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posted at 11/16/2010 6:55 AM EST
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I have made the same crust all the time. I sift 2 cups of flour into a bowl and then I cut in a cup of shortening until the flour looks like pea size. The best secret is adding very cold water to bind together and DON'T over mix. Put in refrigerator for about a half hour then roll out.

Re: Flaky pie Crust

posted at 11/16/2010 8:19 AM EST
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I use olive oil in my pie crust make and press it in the pie plate it is really good

Re: Flaky pie Crust

posted at 11/16/2010 8:21 AM EST
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Make sure all the ingredients are cold....shortening, water, cream cheese....what ever you use the colder the better!!

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posted at 11/16/2010 8:54 AM EST
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MY GRANDMOM MAKES THE BEST PIE CRUST AND IT IS FLAKY AND BUTTERY AND IT MELTS IN YOUR MOTH AND IT IS YUMMY.

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posted at 11/16/2010 9:53 AM EST
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I make my home made pie crusts form scratch and I use the ice water and a teaspoon of white vinegar.  I got the recipe many years ago from "Make a Mix cookbook"

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posted at 11/16/2010 2:19 PM EST
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I have seen both on America's Test Kitchen and I think on The Food Network that using Vodka works wonders.  You can add a bit more liquid to the dough to make it easier to work with and the vodka evaporates off during the cooking.  Come to think about it brandy might be great to use for a pecan pie or amaretto in a chocolate silk pie.

I also read a great hint for making a shortbread.  The less you handle a shortbread the better.  The suggestion was to freeze the dough then with a grater grate the frozen dough into the pan then just press it down.  Have not tried it yet but sounds like it would work well.  Gives the dough a chance to rest and it can be made in advance.

Re: Flaky pie Crust

posted at 11/16/2010 11:45 PM EST
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I am going to have to try some of these recipes use a store bought crust for years. Would get so frustrated trying to make a crust. Mom made delicious flaky pie crust, I cannot for the life of me make one but time to try again. Who knows?????

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posted at 11/17/2010 1:59 AM EST
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I use a recipe from our church cookbook that uses an egg and vinegar in the water and sugar, salt, baking powder in the flour as well as crisco cut in.  You could search for "Never Fail Pie Crust" and I bet it would come up on Google.  It is always very flaky and easy to work with.

Re: Flaky pie Crust

posted at 11/17/2010 5:45 AM EST
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My mother made awesome pies and her crust was great.  Whatever it calls for shortening wise, I increase it by using a rounded measure.  Also I use ice sater when I add liquid.
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