Are you intimidated when it comes to making a homemade pie crust or are you just looking for an easy pie crust recipe? The shortbread crust is so easy to make and a perfect place to start if you are either new to or afraid of making the pie dough for your pies. I am often told, "I made pie dough one time, and it turned out to be one big mess", so I just keep buying the ready made ones.
I have been making pie dough since I was in Home Economics in my high school years. The one thing I remember most that my teacher taught me was if you want to make a good pie crust, "you have to keep making it until you get the hang of it"! You know the old saying, "practice makes perfect", well that's what it takes to make really good pie crust.
In the early 70's, I came across this recipe for Easy Homemade Buttery Shortbread Crust. You don't even need a rolling pin for this one, just a fork to mix with and a bowl. You press the buttery crumbs evenly in the pie plate and bake. See what I mean so easy!
Easy Homemade Buttery Shortbread Crust
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cup flour
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a medium bowl, mix butter, flour and powdered sugar until crumbly. In a 8-inch or 9-inch pie plate, pat crumb mixture evenly being sure to come of the sides to the edge. Crimp the dough with a fork or fingers. For a pre-baked crust such as for a icebox fruit pie, cream pie or chiffon pie, bake for 25 minutes.
Note: You can cut down on the powdered sugar when making a savory pie. You can also substitute Triva for the sugar.