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Earthquake Pie Crust

Earthquake Pie Crust

Esther Kenagy

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

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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


  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 used this mixing method with my favorite old crust recipe, was easy and great! i always hated to mix piecrust before... some who have had problems with it might try adding a BIT of water to help form balls.