In 12 Pies Husbands Like Best, Aunt Jenny used homoginized Spry to make her crust. LOL! Now, in 2011, we use butter flavor Crisco. :o) But you can also use butter, volume for volume if you like. I also always make more pie crust than needed for just the pie shell, that way you have dough left over to patch cracks and the like. I have cute leaf shaped cutters I like to use, then if I have more left over I roll it out again, sprinkle with a ton of cinnamon and sugar, then roll it up and slice it like this:
:oD Bake those like 10 - 12 min or so or until they start to brown.
From 12 Pies Husbands Like Best
For the filling
1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tablespoons molasses
1 cup evaporated milk
For the pie crust
Makes enough for a 9.5 inch pie crust, with a touch left over for cinnamon and sugar rolled cookies
2 1/4 cups butter flavored Crisco
1/4 plus 2 tablespoons boiling water
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
3 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
Make the filling
- Combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and molasses in a stand mixer.
- Add the eggs and evaporated milk and stir to combine.
- Place in fridge while crust is made
- Preheat oven to 425 F.
- Cream Crisco in stand mixer until smooth.
- Add boiling water (I just heat in the microwave for 1 1/2 - 2 min in a heatproof measuring cup) and slowly stir on low, increasing speed as water is absorbed. Then whip until smooth
- Whisk together flour and salt.
- Add to Crisco mixture slowly until dough clings to beater and "cleans" the side of the bowl
- Roll out crust on a lightly floured surface with floured rolling pin. Actually, don't be afraid to use lots of flour, since the dough is warm from the water, it may be a touch sticky. ;o)
- Use the rolling pin to pick up the dough and place it into the pie plate.
- Pour the filling into the center.
- Bake for 40 - 45 minutes or until tester inserted in the middle comes out clean
- Cool completely on wire rack before cutting.