Pie Crusts Falling Apart?
A reader's pie crust falls apart when she rolls it out. Her recipe includes 1 cup flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/3 cup shortening and 3 tablespoons water. What can be done?
For a single-crust pie shell, these proportions are all good except for the water. Try adding another 1/2 to 1 tablespoon cold water and you should have a perfect pastry. Chill the pastry dough 30 minutes before rolling to make it easier to handle. Simply shape it into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.