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Grandma’s Pie Crust and Apple Pie

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This is my very own Grandma June’s famous pie crust. It’s good, really good. The saddest thing is I’ve never made this pie until this year. I feel like a bad granddaughter. I don’t know how I haven’t made this before. I guess every year on holidays, my mom or one of my aunt’s makes the pie. Truth be told, I have always thought pie crusts to be a lot of work and time and sometimes I’m just not down for that. 

So when I stumbled across this recipe again and looked at the directions, I realized it’s way easier than I thought. Okay, the recipe card only had ingredients and no directions, so after I called my mom to ask what the directions are, then I realized this dough is EASY! Four ingredients, mix, chill and roll. Done. 

But just like so many old school Grandma recipes, this one has shortening in it. Nothing like a little shortening to take it up a notch. Chocolate chip cookies and pie crust with shortening, Grandma June ain’t messin around. 

This crust is super flaky and light, which I love. I made an apple pie when using this crust, that recipe is below as well if you are looking for a fantastic and also easy, apple pie. You see a theme with me? Feeling very Thanksgiving time around my house and I love it. 

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Grandma’s Pie Crust and Apple Pie

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
10 Tablespoons shortening
1/3 cup milk

Instructions

1. Put all ingredients into a large bowl, knead with your hands until everything is just combined. Careful not to overwork the dough.
2. Separate dough into two sections. Wrap each in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for about an hour. You can chill overnight as well if you are skilled at planning ahead and if you are, I am very envious of you.
3. After chilled, place dough onto a floured surface. Roll each dough section with a rolling pin to desired thickness, about 1/3 inch. Try turning the dough after every few rolls, this will help the dough not to stick to the surface. Also, if you are having cracks at the edges then push the dough back together and sprinkle some flour on top and roll out again. Repeat with second section of dough.
4. Place bottom layer of dough onto your pie baking dish then follow steps for pie filing.

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