As my fiendish murder mystery is about to hit the shelves, I present a sneak peak of the dastardly recipes fraught, rigidly fraught! with clues to be found in the pages of The Murdery Delicious Hamwich Gumm Mystery. My Nana used this basic recipe for pie pastry and somehow it wound up in my book. Think of it would you when turning toward the holiday season--pork pies! Pumpkin pies! Pecan pies!
While we anticipate the foul murders in my novel, please peruse the series of menus in the upcoming weeks, here on eveningswithpeter...presented...in hideous parts.
A Recipe for Hamwich Gumm’s Presumptive Pie Pastry
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup Crisco shortening
3 tablespoons plus ice cold water
Sift flour and salt into a bowl. Cut in shortening with a destructive device such as a blender or two very sharp knives until crumbly. Add ice water, stir cautiously with a fork and add more water just until it holds together. Make into a ball and knead with prudence.
Beware: Handle as little as possible.