Aunt Emma's Never Fail Pie Crust

3 c sifted flour
1 1/4 c Shortening
1 tsp salt
1 egg, well beaten
5 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp vinegar

Cut shortening into flour and salt.
Combine egg, water, and vinegar in a separate bowl.
Pour liquid into flour mixture all at once. Blend with spoon until flour is all moistened.
It can be re-rolled without toughening. Will keep in refrigerator for two weeks or divide into balls enough for one pie and wrap in Saran wrap and freeze indefinitely.

Makes 2 crusts

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Cinnamon & Chicken. Surprise!

I can't wait to see the other Doristas' blogs about this one. (see them at

Cinnamon-Crunch Chicken sounds intriguing, no?  And the list of ingredients: Cinnamon-Sugar Spice Biscuits, creme fraiche, chicken breasts, a little butter, salt and pepper.  What???

My personal shopper didn't find the biscuits first time out. Googled the product, showed him the photo. Success on the second trip. What a champ.

Cinnamon-Sugar Spice Biscuits, cut and crumbled
Luckily, I had creme fraiche left over from a recent baking experience so I only had to add a little heavy cream to bring it back to the 8 oz required.
Stir the crumbled biscuits into the creme fraiche.
Season with Salt and Pepper. Okaaay.

Saute the chicken breast strips in butter.  Pour the biscuit/creme mixture in.
Boil for one minute.  Oh My Gewurztraminer!
I have to admit, this is another recipe that surprised the heck out of us.  Who knew that cinnamon cookies and chicken could taste SO FINE?? We believe it now. This one's a do-over for sure.  We served ours with brocolli since our carb quota was over-filled that day.

Many thanks to Dorie and this fabulous book (Around My French Table) for taking us where we've never been before (cue the Star Trek theme).


  1. Great job! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I made the speculoos from the desserts section because I couldn't find either the cookies or the creme fraiche.

  2. Seems like finding these cookies was the biggest challenge for everyone this week. Good then that the recipe itself was so easy. Yours looks very tasty and I look forward to giving it a try myself once I can track the cookies down.

  3. Kudos to your personal shopper for finding the mystery ingredient!

  4. Looking good! The spices in the cookies behind the dish sounded good, but a bit too carby since I'm trying hard not to keep cookies in the house. :-) Glad to hear it was tasty.