You don’t have to be a pastry chef to create delicious and easy pastry in your own kitchen. This tried and true recipe will walk you through step by step!
Can we talk about pie for a moment? The holidays are somehow upon us already and that means that it is officially PIE season. Everyone likes pie, probably because you can have a little slice or a big slice, it is good warm, cold, or leftover at 2am. Pie is delicious and I have a secret to share with you – it is easy to make, too!
People are afraid to make pie because that means that they have to make pastry. Pastry has kind of a bad rap. People believe that pastry is hard to make but I promise you, it is way easier than you think. If you have never tried it, I encourage you to give it a shot. This recipe is easy and can open up a whole new world.
Why you should make Easy Scratch Pastry rather than buying it
Buying the frozen pie shells or the refrigerated ones at the grocery store may be super convenient but it takes hardly any time at all to make your own at home. The dough that you make is much softer and flakier and so much easier to work with!
You can also make more or less, depending on your needs and your creativity doesn’t have to be sidelined by a trip to the store. Don’t be intimidated – this is easy and the results are so rewarding!
How to make Easy Scratch Pastry
In a medium bowl, mix together flour and salt until it is well combined.
Using a pastry blender or two forks, cut the shortening into the flour until the particles are the size of small peas.
Sprinkle with cold water, one tablespoon at a time and continue to toss the flour mixture with a fork until all flour is moistened and pastry begins to leave the side of the bowl.
Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes before rolling. Continue as directed in pie or tart recipe.
Things you can do with Easy Scratch Pastry
Making your own pastry makes the options endless. A couple of my favorites are Easy Classic Pumpkin Pie or Caramel Apple Pie, although you could easily make a Fruit Gallette, Chicken Pot Pie or Apple Turnovers. There are literally no limits on what you can do when you make your own Easy Scratch Pastry!
Other Yummy Dessert Recipes you may Like
Pizookie – It’s like a cookie but is the size of a pie. Eaten right out of the warm pan, it’s melty, decadent and oh my gosh amazing with cold vanilla ice cream!
Classic Rice Pudding – a throwback to my childhood, this warm, creamy and delicious Classic Rice Pudding has just the right amounts of cinnamon, raisins and love to classify as the ultimate comfort food.
Air Fryer Apple Pie Egg Rolls – this is a surprisingly yummy way to use up leftover egg roll wrappers and make a treat the whole family will love with very little effort. Who knew?
Small Batch Strawberry Sherbet – with an ice cream maker and some strawberries and milk you can create a light and delicious dessert in no time at all!
Homemade Cinnamon Buns – Fresh from the oven, warm and gooey with a simple vanilla icing. Yum!
Easy Scratch Pastry
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 5-8 tbsp ice cold water
- Mix flour and salt in a medium bowl.
- Using a pastry blender or two forks, cut the shortening into the flour until the particles are the size of small peas.
- Sprinkle with cold water, one tablespoon at a time and continue to toss the flour mixture with a fork until all flour is moistened and pastry begins to leave the side of the bowl.
- Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap. Allow to rest in the refrigerator for 15-30 minutes before rolling. Continue as directed in pie or tart recipe.
- * If using this pastry for a prebaked crust, roll out into pie crust, bake at 475 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until light brown. Cool on wire rack.