It is food and cooking week here at the Ball, and I’ve enlisted Random Penguin to help me share the pie crust recipe handed down to me by my very busy mother. I should make it clear that I am not an Iron Chef type cook. My kitchen utensils are pretty much limited to a wooden spoon and a can opener. I also don’t have time these days to putter about in the kitchen. However, I do have a fondness for pie and I don’t like store bought crust.
Perhaps I am not alone, and there are others of you in my predicament. If so, have no fear! This crust is so easy, even a penguin can make it.
1 cup + 2 Tbsp unsifted flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3 Tbsp cold water (the colder the better)
Stir the flour and salt together in a mixing bowl.
Beat oil and water together with a fork until emulsified.
Stir water & oil mixture into flour and form it into a ball.
Then simply roll out between two sheets of wax paper, place in your pie pan and trim the edges. Fill and bake as you would any pie crust.
That’s it!! Quick and easy and surprisingly good. Double for two crusts. Put anything you want inside the pie.
Random Penguin is fond of apple cranberry.
He’s also smart enough to realize that pie goes better with coffee in a favorite mug. Note that the whipped cream went in the coffee instead of on the pie, because as much as Random Penguin and I like pie, there is nothing in the world like a perfect cup of coffee.