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Basic Pie Crust

What you need: 

1 cup flour
1/2 cup non-hydrogenated vegan margarine (I use Earth Balance)
1/4 cup water

What you do: 

1. Cut the margarine into the flour until crumbly.
2. Stir in water until dough sticks together.
3. Roll out on floured surface.
This is my great-grandmothers recipe for pie crust, used by everyone in my family. It originally called for hydrogenated vegetable shortening, but I replace it with non-hydrogenated vegan margarine and it works great. If you're not afraid of trans fat, you can go ahead and use the vegetable shortening instead of the vegan margarine, but I think it tastes better with the vegan margarine.
My favorite thing about this recipe is that I never have to write it down. The amount for each ingredient is just half of the amount of the ingredient before it. It is, without a doubt, the simplest recipe for pie crust I have ever encountered in my life, and it comes out perfect every time.

Preparation Time: 
5-10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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How long do you bake this ?? And do you bake it before or after filling it ?


This was very easy, and made a great crust! I don't have a pastry blender, unfortunately, but I managed with some elbow grease and a fork. It was well worth it, and still remarkably fast. Thanks!


this recipe was really good!  ;D the first time i used it one cup of flour didnt really let me make a "deep" i doubled it this time and used half margarine and half oil...yum  :)


This recipe was just perfect!! Last time I made the crust for the pie, it took me forever to get it right. But this recipe made it so easy. I finished the crust and the lattice covering in less than 20  minutes flat. Thanks so much for sharing!!


This recipe was a life saver!! I was making a pie on the spur of the moment and upon defrosting some pillsbury pie crusts.. I realized I only had one, and I needed two. I used earth balance as well, I had no clue if I was "cutting it into the flour" correctly haha this was my first pie crust.. and my first pie also. Although I think I somehow butchered it (ok.... you wonder how.... I didnt have a rolling pin or anything... heh heh) But! It came out tasty, not too crispy as I like my pie crusts kind of soft :) next time I will add a little bit of sugar to the flour as well and maybe experiment with cinnamon or nutmeg or something. Awesome quick & easy recipe!! Thank you!



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