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Classic Single Pie Crust

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Hello all!  It was my birthday yesterday (and there was much celebrating.  Hoorah!)  So this is going to be a brief post for that reason, and because my knee is (once again) acting like a fussy little child.  And let’s face it: when your knee or feet hurt, you don’t feel like doing nothing’.  Am I right?  🙂  So I once again apologize for these low-quality pictures.  It’s reaaaally hard to take pictures on crutches.  🙂

Actually, being on crutches for a sprained knee gets you thinking about a lot of things that you do every day that you take for granted.  Putting on shoes?  We do it every single day, but now when I’m able to put a shoe on with no pain it’s like a birthday present in itself.  Haha.  Also…getting up and down off the toilet…let’s just leave it at that, shall we?  😉

The other night I was watching the Olympics.  Michael Phelps was swimming his heart out and the women’s gymnastic team was doing things I didn’t realize the human body was capable of.  And there I was, happy that I could lift my left leg just a fraction to rest it on a pillow.  I felt downright Olympian!  I give her a 16.9 for form!  She hardly cringed at all!

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I’m starting to feel better now, though.  Actually, when I get rid of the crutches I might feel a little naked without them…or not.

So here’s a recipe nobody should be without: a good ol’ pie crust.  And since it’s from King Arthur Flour, you know it’s going to be awesome.   Their recipes always turn out for me.  How about you all?

What I really like about this recipe is making the crust in an electric mixer.  Has anyone else done that before?  I find that my crusts come out a lot more even this way.  Not as much guess work, maybe.  And they always stay together so nice and neat, and that’s always the struggle with pie crust, isn’t it?

Happy trails!  Have a great weekend!

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(From a classic single dough recipe on King Arthur Flour)

Classic Single Pie Crust
  • 1½ cups all purpose flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 4 tbsp shortening
  • 5 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 3-5 tbsp ice water
  1. Whisk the flour and salt together in the bowl of an electric mixer.
  2. Add in the shortening with your fingers until evenly crumbly.
  3. Place the paddle attachment onto the mixing bowl and mix in the butter. It should be uneven with bigger and smaller dots of butter.
  4. Add in 2 tbsp of water and mix. The dough should barely hold together and might look dry.
  5. Pour the mixture onto parchment paper and spray with a spray bottle of water on any of the dry bits. Incorporate the dough until it becomes a cohesive mass.
  6. Wrap in plastic wrap and flatten with a rolling pin. Keep in the fridge until needed.


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  • Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen August 13, 2016, 10:19 am

    Happy belated birthday. Hope your knee is feeling better. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be taking pictures on crutches!
    Love that you use both butter and shortening for your crust. 🙂

    • Amanda August 15, 2016, 12:29 pm

      Thank you! 😀

  • Mir August 15, 2016, 5:35 am

    Hey, yesterday was MY birthday. We’re almost the same day! Twinsies!
    I’m always in the mood for pie crust, so this is awesome. Gonna try this recipe!

    • Amanda August 15, 2016, 12:30 pm

      Very cool! August birthdays unite! Although I’ve never been crazy on our birthstone color. I like darker greens. 😄 Hope you had a great birthday!

  • Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice August 15, 2016, 6:52 am

    I’ve never made my own pie crust before, but I definitely need to change that. Hope you had a wonderful birthday and that you are feeling a little bit better. Crutches are no fun!

    • Amanda August 15, 2016, 12:31 pm

      I’m finally feeling better! Thanks so much!

  • Kate @ Framed Cooks August 15, 2016, 1:32 pm

    Oh my goodness! Happy birthday, and feel better soon, and thanks for the great pie crust recipe! I feel like we owe you all kinds of cards! 🙂

    • Amanda August 19, 2016, 1:35 pm

      Haha, thanks for the kind words, Kate!

  • Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary August 15, 2016, 2:49 pm

    Happy belated birthday, girlfriend!!! Glad to hear it was a great one, minus the knee of course! Hope you get better quick! I’m always looking for a great pie crust recipe, so thank you for sharing!! Can’t wait to try it! Cheers!

    • Amanda August 19, 2016, 1:36 pm

      Thanks so much, Cheyanne!

  • Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop August 15, 2016, 7:18 pm

    Happy Birthday to you….I hope you wished for a healthy knee! 🙂 Thanks for a great pie crust recipe! It’s one thing I absolutely refuse to buy pre-made! 🙂

    • Amanda August 19, 2016, 1:37 pm

      That’s exactly what I wished for! 🙂 Thanks, Kathy!

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