Earthquake Pie Crust

Earthquake Pie Crust

Esther Kenagy 23

"Make sure the lid is on tight before starting to shake! This recipe saves on cleaning utensils and hands."

Ingredients {{adjustedServings}} servings 284 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 284 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 19.5 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs:
  • 23.9g
  • 8%
  • Protein:
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 249 mg
  • 10%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place flour, shortening, salt, baking powder, and water in a 2 quart bowl with a form fitting lid. Place lid on securely. Shake for 45 seconds, or until it sounds mixed. Turn bowl on its side, and shake up and down for 15 seconds to form a ball. Open bowl, and scrape dough out. Form into two balls. Chill while preparing filling. Roll out and use as directed in your favorite recipe.
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Great, easy recipe - especially for a novice pie maker!! Mine, too, though ended up being very crumbly in the bowl - no ball shape here. I fixed that, though, by scraping all the crumbles into a ziploc bag and then forming it into a ball -- super results and little mess that way, too. Put the Ziploc in the freezer for about an hour and then rolled it out b/t sheets of wax paper like I remember Mom doing........makes the transfer to the Pie pan easy, too. Lots of little tips here - but I am an "ease" baker!!


Flaky and delicious! I used stick butter shortening...and after the shaking, ended up with about 15 varying sizes of shortening balls. I suppose I needed to keep the shortening in one clump rather than cut it up...I'll try it next time. I still had to use my hands to bring it all together, but that wasn't a was easy to make, easy to work with, and tasted wonderful! I used it with "Apple Pie by Grandma Ople" from this site and it was great! Thanks!


I've used this recipe three times now, the first time I had no experience making pie crusts whatsoever. This recipe is GREAT!!! After the crust is cooked it is so crumbly it seems to just melt in your mouth! I used this recipe with Grandma Ople's Apple Pie, that's also on this website, and it is an amazing combination! Although, at first, I too had problems with the crust being too crumbly, but I found out that all you have to do is mix in the Crisco (I use butter flavored Crisco as well) a bit and then shake shake SHAKE! If you don't shake it long or fast enough, for whatever reason, it won't turn out how it's supposed to. I actually get quite a workout when I shake mine. ^_^