Monday, November 21, 2005
I am making my pies today and decided I would share my secret for flaky pie crust. This is the recipe my mother's mother gave me. She could make the best pies and cakes around! I am also going to pass on my secret for out of this world mash potatoes. Instead of boiling your potatoes in water, boil them in chicken broth. When you are ready to mash them, use real butter and couple tablespoons of sourcream. When you add your salt and pepper add a little pinch of garlic powder and parsley. Now for the pie crust......
3/4 cup vegetable shortening
1/4 cup BOILING water
1 TBS. Milk
2 cups sifted flour
1 tsp. Salt
Put shortening in medium bowl and add water and milk. Break up shortening with a fork. Tilt bowl and beat with fork in quick cross the bowl strokes until mixture is smooth and thick. Sift flour and salt onto shortening. With vigorous round the strokes stir quickly forming dough that clings together and cleans the sides of the bowl. Pick up dough and work into a smooth flat round. Divide in half and form two balls. Roll out and make 2 crusts.
So now you have the family secret of great pie crusts and mash potatoes....... Have a great Thanksgiving!