Vinegar Pie Crust Recipe
Vinegar must be one of the most versatile products on earth.
You can use highly concentrated vinegar straight out of the bottle to kill weeds. You can mix ordinary household vinegar with water to create an inexpensive window washing agent. Add 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a gallon of water, and you have an effective organic treatment for fungal diseases on plants. And vinegar blended with olive oil makes an excellent wood polish.
Amazingly, vinegar tastes good too, adding zip to salads, dressings and marinades. And it is a key ingredient in no fail homemade pie crust.
NO FAIL VINEGAR PIE CRUST
Frozen pie shells taste more like cardboard than crust, and refrigerator pie crusts (although better) aren't exactly flaky. But pie crust made with vinegar is both flaky and flavorful.
Once you get the knack of rolling it out, you'll find that it's almost as easy a wrestling a frozen crust out of the bag or unrolling Pillsbury's best. And it definitely tastes better.
Quick Tips for Making Crust
- To transfer rolled pie crust into the pan easily, drape it over the rolling pin, and then gently unroll it over the plate.
- If making a double-crust pie, don't bother to flute the bottom shell. Instead, simply use a sharp knife to cut away excess dough.
VINEGAR PIE CRUST RECIPE
It's not vinegary at all!
Vinegar Pie Crust doesn't taste vinegary at all, but it is light and flaky. My mother-in-law calls it a "no fail" recipe, and I have to agree: it's hard to ruin. You (and your children) can play with the dough as much as you like. It won't get tough. And if you make a mistake, you can wad it up and roll it out all over again. You can even patch it--no harm done.
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- 3 C. flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 1/4 C. Crisco or other shortening
- 1 egg, well beaten
- 5 Tbsp. water
- 1 Tbsp. vinegar
1. Blend together flour and salt.
2. With a fork, two knives or a pastry cutter, work the shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles little peas.
3. Mix together the egg, water and vinegar. Add it to the flour mixture.
4. Divide the dough into two balls.
5. Begin working with the dough balls immediately, rolling them out into two pie crusts on a floured towel, pastry mat or board. (You don't have to chill them.) Makes two 8-inch pie shells.
5. If desired, fill with Vinegar Pie Filling (recipe below).
The perfect filling for pie crust made with vinegar
Vinegar Pie is an inexpensive alternative to lemon pie and a great dessert for times of year when fresh, local produce is scarce.
Many versions of vinegar pie exist. The no-nonsense recipe below is from Grit magazine. It makes one thick 8-inch pie or one thin 9-inch.
RECIPE FOR VINEGAR PIE WITH MERINGUE TOPPING
- 1 1/4 C. sugar
- 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 1 1/2 C. hot water
- 1/2 C. cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp. butter
- 2 eggs (separated)
- 1 8-inch pie crust (baked)
- 1/4 C. sugar
- 1/4 tsp. cream of tartar
1. Mix the first five ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir constantly until the mixture becomes thick and clear. Remove from heat.
2. Stir a small amount of the hot mixture into the beaten egg yolks. (Don't add too much too quickly--you'll scramble the eggs!) Return it to the saucepan and cook two minutes.
3. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When the mixture is lukewarm, pour it into the baked pie shell.
THE MERINGUE TOPPING
1. Mix 1/4 C. sugar, cream of tartar and egg whites until stiff. Spread over pie to the edges.
2. Bake 10-12 minutes at 325 degrees until lightly browned.
A Quick Meringue Tutorial from CookingSkills.com
© 2011 Jill Spencer