Editor's note: I removed the pie recipe from this post. I don't know what's wrong with it, but it's gross. The crust recipe will work for any recipe you find elsewhere.
Until last summer, I had always been afraid of pie crust. It was one of those things I could buy at the store so why make it? I looked online for an easy recipe and found this one, from about.com for Hot Water Pie Crust. I have made it four or five times and it always comes out flaky and delicious. Don't be afraid, just give it a try!
Hot Water Pie Crust
14 T. shortening (I use Butter Crisco Stick)
1/4 c. hot water
1 T. milk
1/2 t. salt
2 1/4. c. flour
Put shortening in large bowl and whip it a little with a fork. Pour the milk and hot water over the shortening. With a fork, whip the shortening and liquids until it comes together, a minute or two. This will make a mess with water spraying everywhere, so keep a towel handy. Add flour and salt, stirring with a fork until the dough forms. Divide dough into two balls and roll out each ball between 2 sheets of wax paper until it fits in your pie pan. I usually freeze one for later and use one now. Remove wax paper from one side of wax paper and lay in pie plate, wax paper up. Carefully peel off the wax paper, patching as necessary.
This pumpkin pie recipe is a result of a lot of research. I must have read at least a dozen different recipes, looking for one that used fresh pumpkin and that used only ingredients I had. This makes a huge pie, so use a deep dish pan or two smaller ones.
**RECIPE REMOVED...EXPERIMENTATION IN PROGRESS**
Thanksgiving is still three days away and I have to look at this beautiful pie in my fridge until then. It may not make it to my parent's house intact...