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Single-Crust Pie Pastry


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  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • Cold water


Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 10mins


Step 1

In a medium bowl stir together all-purpose flour and salt. Using pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork to mix. Push moistened pastry to side of bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until all of the flour mixture is moistened. Form dough into a ball.

On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter, lightly dusting with flour as needed.

Food processor method:
In a food processor combine flour, salt, and shortening. Pulse until mixture resembles cornmeal but a few larger pieces remain. With processor running, quickly add 3 tablespoons water through feed tube. Stop processor as soon as all water is added; scrape down sides. Process with two pulses (mixture may not look completely moistened). Remove pastry and form into a ball. Proceed as above.

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