First and foremost, I must preface this by saying I know it's much easier to buy pie crusts. But that's not how I roll. I also realize this isn't the healthiest version of pie crust one can make. But you know what? I don't care. The reason being is this is the pie crust my mom always made, straight from the Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook. That red plaid book always makes me think of those days where I'd pull a chair up to the counter. I had my own red measuring cups as a kid that may have dirtied a few pages of that cookbook. We'd be covered in flour, but laughing, talking and smiling. So, no, I will not make a healthier version, as this one is healthy for my soul. And it tastes good.
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup shortening
about 1/4 cup iced water (prepare more, in case you need it, have the iced water chilling while you're doing the other steps)
1) Place flour, salt and shortening in bowl. Proceed to cut the shortening into the flour.
I use a Cuisinart Food Processorto make ours. I pulse the contents until it resembles tiny balls. You can also use a pastry blender to get the same results.
2) Gradually add the water in, continue to pulse or blend until the dough resembles the picture. If the dough is too dry, it will be very tricky to roll out.