October 4, 2014

Pie Crust

 Every Spring and Fall the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has a conference for members world wide. The conference is called General Conference and is held in Salt Lake City. However members all over the world can watch it  on TV, the internet, or even listen on the radio.  They do a session for the women of the church, one for the men, and then four other sessions for everyone. During those church meetings, prophets of God and the twelve apostles address church members and really everyone in the world. It's a time of year that members look forward to and often share traditions like homemade food or activities to keep the kids quiet so all can hear the counsel we receive from prophets we believe still have communication with God. What could be more important than listening to a modern day prophet?  It's my favorite weekend of the year.

So what does this have to do with pie? Well when we lived in Montana it was a tradition for the men to visit and share pie after their meeting, called the Priesthood Session. Us women have an all out dinner before our meeting!

So here is a wonderful flaky pie crust recipe. 

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup shortening or lard

1 egg
1 Tablespoon white vinegar
1/4  cup ice cold water

White sugar to sprinkle on top 

Mix the flour and salt together, then add the shortening and squish together with a pastry cutter or a fork works too.

It doesn't take long before it looks like this. 

Now mix the egg, vinegar and ice water. Add it to the crumbly and stir until you get a ball of dough.

Divide the dough in three pieces. I like to roll out my dough on top of plastic wrap, it makes it easier to put in the pie shell in the pan.
Place the rolled out dough in the pie pan and add your filling.  I had some rhubarb cherry pie filling I'd canned earlier in the summer that I was dying to try. It wasn't quite enough to fill this bigger pie pan, so I added some raspberries.
Now roll out your top piece and use a cookie cutter to make a design in the middle. Take out the shape and set it aside.
Place the crust on top of the pie. The plastic wrap really helps when handling the crust. Cut in some air vents and place the cut out shape back on the pie. This acts as another air vent.

Cut the excess edges off. Crimp the edges with your fingers, a fork, edge of spoon, whatever design you come up with.
Brush the top of your pie, not the edges, with egg whites and sprinkle sugar on top.
Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour. Let it cool before serving, this allows it to set up and serve better. If you're sending this one somewhere else, you're sure to want to make another for your family!

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