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Foolproof Pie Shells Recipe

"I received this recipe from my 94-year old sister. She suggested using egg, cold water and cider vinegar to keep the crust moist. If they eat all the crust of my pie, then I know it was good!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:32 servings


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-3/4 cups shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar


  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Whisk the egg, water and vinegar; gradually add to flour mixture, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide into four portions. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out each portion of dough to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plates. Trim each pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Fill or bake shells according to recipe directions. Yield: 4 pie shells.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 157 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 25, 2010

"easy and delicious! Makes 4 shells."

Reviewed Apr. 11, 2010

"This is the best pastry shell I have ever made."

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