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Double-Crust Pastry

  • SERVINGS: MAKES ONE DOUBLE-CRUST 9-INCH PIE
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  1. 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  3. 1 stick (8 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  4. 3 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening or lard
  5. 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water
  1. In a food processor, combine the flour and salt and pulse a few times to mix. Add the butter and shortening and process until the mixture is rough textured, with particles the size of peas.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing briefly after each addition. Add another tablespoon of the water and pulse just until the dough begins to hold together. Add 1 more tablespoon of water if necessary.
  3. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and gather it into a ball, handling it as little as possible. Divide the dough in half. Pat the 2 pieces into disks, wrap in wax paper and refrigerate for at least 20 minutes or overnight before rolling out.