Miller’s Favorite Pie Crust Recipe


Paula is my mother-in-law and her pie crust recipe from The Joy of Cooking (1975) is a “must” for any pie. She uses this recipe for Thankgiving pumpkin pies.


Combine with wire whisk in medium sized bowl:

  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Add to flour mixture and blend with a pastry blender:

  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 2 tablespoons chilled margarine

Mixture should be crumbly with crubs no larer than peas.

Sprinkle the dough with 4 tablespoons very cold water. Stir lightly with a fork until it clings together in a ball. Roll dough by hand into a ball, wrap ball of dough in plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator at least one hour before using.

Makes enough dough for a top and bottom crust for one 9-inch pie pan. For a single crust pie, use half of the recipe.


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