SYLVIA’S SECRET PIE CRUST
Sylvia shares her secret ingredient to making homemade pie crusts unfailingly flaky and light:
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder (Sylvia’s secret ingredient)
1 cup shortening, chilled
4, 5, or more Tablespoons ice water
Mix the flour, salt, and baking powder together in a bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 4-5 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a teaspoonful at a time until the dough comes together.
Gently gather dough into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 20 minutes before rolling. Roll out dough, and put in a pie plate and finish your pie according to directions. For a baked shell: bake in the preheated oven approximately 8 minutes or until just turning golden around edges. Makes 2 pie crusts.