One bite of this pie crust and I was back in my Grandma Anne’s kitchen, watching her pull them out of the oven and waiting for the toasty brown strips to cool so I could dig in, even before we covered them with sweetened strawberries and large scoops of vanilla ice cream. I’ve been craving those flavors and my mother re-created the memory yesterday during a Sunday visit. The crust is a basic shortening crust cut into strips before baking. Also great with a little cinnamon sugar sprinkled on the strips before you pop ‘em in the oven.
Mom’s (& Grandma’s) Easy Shortening Pie Crust
1 c. shortening
3 c. flour
1/2 – 1 t. salt
1 T. sugar
Preheat oven to 425-degrees
Whisk salt, sugar and flour together and cut in shortening until coarse crumbs form. Begin to add cold water, 1 T. at a time until dough forms a ball (approx. 1/2 c. cold water). Roll out dough and slice into strips. Lay on cookie sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes in pre-heated oven, until toasty brown.