Pie dough or pie paste is so very simple to make and whether you fill it with fruit, veggies (think pot pies) or pudding, it is so delicious and comforting! Here is my recipe for a simple pie dough.
1 1/2 Cups Flour
1/2 Cup Shortening
1/2 Tsp. Salt
1/4 Tsp. Baking Powder
Sift together flour, salt and baking powder. Cut shortening into flour mixture with a fork or pastry cutter until mixture is crumbly and pieces are smaller than pea-sized. While stirring (you can also use a mixer with dough hooks here), add water a little at a time until a dough forms.
At this point, you can begin rolling the dough out OR, as I recommend, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate it for a couple of hours or overnight before rolling out.
This recipe makes enough for a 2-crust pie.
I also recommend using 1/4 C butter and 1/4 C shortening in place of the 1/2 C of shortening. YUM!!