Frozen pie crusts are not flaky and should be banned by the Food and Drug Administration. Although considerably less messy than hand-rolled pastry dough, these frozen, unleavened – motzah meals- on- wheels are more suited for preparing Mexican food than The Traditional Thanksgiving Dessert.
Cookbooks will lead readers to lengthy instructional manuals instructing once a year chefs to “chill shortening”, “use a cheesecloth”, and “cut shortening into flour using a pastry blender”.
My Aunt Mildred Brown taught me the real secret for making the perfect pie crust–
Measure 2 2/3 Cups of Flour in a large bowl. Add 1 teaspoon of salt. Mix.
Add ½ Cup of Crisco shortening. Using two fingers of just one hand, squeeze the shortening one pinch at a time and incorporate the flour. After the mixture resembles small peas, add 5 tablespoons of ice water, one at a time, with a fork.
Roll on a lightly floured surface using a wine bottle hand-dusted with flour.
Makes top and bottom crust– the perfect gay pastry.