Several years ago I took a class dedicated to making pie crust. Up until I took the class, I could make a decent crust but mine never looked pretty, especially around the edge of the pan.
This is the recipe we received at our class. It's absolutely the easiest pie crust recipe I've ever used. It never fails to be flaky and it doesn't even have to be rolled out. You can divide the dough into thirds and pat it into your pan, if you like.
Since there's only me and Fred at home now, I don't make pies very often. It's a waste if you wind up having to throw it in the trash because it didn't get eaten! But, today's Fred's birthday and he prefers pie to cake so I made him this apple pie.
DONNA'S PIE CRUST
3 cups flour
1 1/3 cups shortening
1 T. salt (you may want to only use 2 tsp.)
Mix together with a pastry blender.
In a small bowl combine:
1 beaten egg
1 tsp. white vinegar
6 T. ice water
Mix and form into a ball. Divide into thirds. Roll out on floured surface or pat into your pan.
If you need a prebaked crust: bake at 425°