Something just happened today. All of a sudden, I start craving for pie. Not any pie but sweet potato pie. My first time making a sweet potato pie too. I have never attempted to bake this before and well, there is always a first for everything.
Let's take care of business. Step number 1. The crust. I have seen my mom making apple pie before, so I should be able to make the crust. Somewhere among all the blogs I have read, I learned a new technique on rolling the crust out between wax papers. It really makes rolling out pie crust dough extremely easy.
Crust is a funny thing. I have seen some recipes which called for a whole eggs in the mix or just egg yolk, cream, milk, cream cheese and etc. The variation is endless. I have to agree with my mom that a perfect crust has to be flaky and not sweet. Mom always said let the filing does the sweet talking and she is right.
Mom's Pie Crust Recipe
-Makes one single 9-inch crust
1 cup of Flour
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/3 cup plu 1 tablespoon of shortening
2-3 tablespoon of cold water
1. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
2. Add in shortening. Cut shortening into flour with a pastry cutter till mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
3. Sprinkle 2 tablespoon of water onto flour and shortening mix. Gather dough into a ball.
4. Test if dough has enough moisture by taking a small pinch of dough and break it. If dough crumbles, add another 1 tablespoon of water to the dough.
5. Shape into a ball as you would shaping a snowball.
6. Cover with a moist kitchen towel or plastic wrap. Let sit for 15-20 minutes.
7. In between 2 pieces of wax paper, roll dough out with a rolling pin to about 12 inches wide to cover a 9-inch pan or 10-inches wide to cover a 8-inch pan.