Ruth’s Grandma’s Pie Crust

My grandma knew how to make the best pies every year for Thanksgiving. The crust is tender and flaky and so easy to make! You will never buy from the store again!

Every year we would look forward to going to my Grandma’s for Thanksgiving. She was the BEST cook that I know. She raised 8 kids and had a home cooked meal on the table for them each night. She spent all of her time in the kitchen. She made all of her own bread by hand and was amazing at making anything from scratch. I remember staying for a few weeks with them in the summer and she was always baking bread or a batch of peanut butter cookies. As soon as the warm bread came out of the oven she would slice it up and we would eat an entire loaf. She was an amazing baker.


4 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups shortening
3 tablespoons white sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 egg
1/2 cup water
In a large mixing bowl, combine all-purpose flour, shortening, sugar, and salt. Blend together with a pastry cutter until crumbly.
In a small bowl, mix egg with water. Blend into flour mixture. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.