Late yesterday afternoon, I realized that today is Pi Day. Today’s 3/14… pi is 3.14… yeah. So, nerd that I am, of course I just had to make pie for today. Thankfully, the pie crust recipe I use is easy as can be – only three ingredients, super quick to make, and so yummy that I’ve often asked my mom to make an extra crust, just so I can eat it by itself.
Of course, this is my maternal grandmother’s recipe. Because obviously, Grandma’s recipes are always the best.
- 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup shortening
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp water
- Preheat the oven to 400° F.
- Using a pastry cutter, food processor, or two knives, cut the flour, shortening, and salt together until you get a well-blended, crumbly mixture.
- Add the water.
- Knead into a ball of dough, adding a little more water if needed to hold the dough together.
- Turn out onto a sheet of waxed paper, then cover the dough with another sheet of waxed paper.
- Roll the dough out into a large, flat circle, a few inches wider than the circumference of your pie plate.
- Transfer the dough to your pie plate, making sure it’s snug against the bottom and sides of the pie plate.
- Crimp the dough around the edges of the pie plate.
- Using a fork, poke holes around the bottom of the pie crust, so it doesn’t poof up during baking.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until it is slightly golden brown around the edges.