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Flaky Pie Crust

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 50 MIN
  • SERVINGS: Makes two 9- to 10-inch pie crusts
  • MAKE-AHEAD
  1. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon sugar
  3. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1/2 cup cold solid vegetable shortening, cut into 4 pieces
  5. 1 stick (4 ounces) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  6. 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon ice water
  1. In a food processor, combine the flour, sugar and salt and pulse several times. Add the vegetable shortening and pulse 5 or 6 times, until the shortening is the size of peas. Add the butter and pulse 5 or 6 times, until the butter is the size of peas. Pour the ice water evenly over the top. Replace the lid and pulse 5 or 6 times, just until moistened.
  2. Transfer the pastry to a lightly floured work surface and knead several times, just until it comes together. Divide the pastry in half and pat it into two 6-inch disks; wrap the disks in plastic and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes, or overnight, or freeze.
  3. Work with 1 disk of pastry at a time. On a lightly floured surface, gently tap the pastry with a rolling pin to flatten it slightly. Dust lightly with flour and roll out the pastry to a 13 1/2-inch round 1/8 inch thick. To line a pie plate, roll the pastry around the rolling pin, then unroll it over a 9- or 10-inch glass pie plate.
  4. If making a double-crust pie, refrigerate the bottom crust while you prepare the top. Roll out the second piece of pastry to a 13 1/2-inch round 1/8 inch thick. Transfer to a wax paper–lined baking sheet. Using a 1/2-inch cutter, stamp out a vent hole in the center.
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