Easy Flaky Pie crust recipe

This flaky Amish style Pie crust is easy to assemble and produces a crust that rivals the Amish bakeries with it’s flaky deliciousness. This recipe is from my Mother-in-law who also has Amish heritage and makes some of the best pies!!

Prep time 15 min.
Makes 3 9in pies.

⦁ 3 cups all purpose flour sifted.
⦁ 1 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
⦁ 1 teaspoon salt
⦁ 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
⦁ 2/3 to 3/4 cup warm water (see note*)

1 Sift flour into a bowl then add the rest of the dry ingredients. Add shortening and cut through with dinner knives until shortening is reduced to smaller clumps. Gently mix by hand until only pea sized crumbs remain.
2 Add 2/3 cup water, then mix gently until well combined and you are able to form a soft ball of dough. Add the remaining water if the dough still feels crumbly.
3 Flour your kitchen surface and roll out pie crusts with a rolling pin to 1/8inch thick, then press into pie plates with plenty of crust to cover the top edge of the pie plate. Trim and flute the edges, then bake as directed in the filling recipe of your choice.

These pie crusts freeze well!

Note* If pie crust edges crack while rolling out, mix in a little more water.
I like to use plenty of flour during the rolling out process. Flour the countertop surface and the top of your pie crust to keep it from sticking to your rolling pin.

Try this pie crust with Amish Pumpkin custard pie or fresh Rhubarb pie!

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