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Pie Crust


Makes 2 Pie Crusts

  • 3 cups pastry flour (or all-purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cold unsalted butter (or half shortening  & half butter)
  • 1/2 cup ice cold water
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar


  1. Sift the flour and salt into a large bowl.
  2. Cut in the shortening and the butter to the dry ingredients until the flour mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Mix the water and vinegar together in a cup. Add the mixture to the crumbs. Mix together just until the dough is combined and handles well.
  4. Sprinkle flour on the counter before rolling out the dough. Split the dough into two discs.
  5. Roll out one disk on a floured surface. Roll the dough about 1 an inch larger than your pie pan.
  6. Lay the crust in the pie pan and press down lightly on the bottom and up the sides of the pan.
  7. If you are making just a bottom crust, turn the edge under and use thumbs “flute” the edges of the dough.
  8. If you are making a double crusted pie, fill the pie, roll out the other half of the dough and lay it over top the filling. Fold the top dough under the bottom dough and use your fingers to crimp or seal it together. Use a fork to poke vent holes in the top crust.
  9. Bake according to your pie recipe.
Simply add all of the ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse. Continue pulsing until the dough comes together. Takes about a minute.
Wrap the dough discs in plastic wrap, then place them in another airtight container such as a ziploc bag. Freeze for up to 6 weeks.

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