Recipe by CountryLady
Rolling the pastry in a manner similar to making puff pastry adds flakiness & makes the finished dough very easy to roll out. A flavourful topping for my Chicken, Leek & Lemon Pie or add 1 tbsp of sugar to the recipe for a sweet pastry. Cooling time for dough & cooking time for the pie is not included.
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut in 8 pieces
- 1⁄2 cup cold vegetable shortening, cut in 8 pieces
- 1⁄3 cup cold water
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
Directions See How It's Made
- Combine flour& salt in a bowl.
- With your fingers or a pastry blender, cut in butter& shortening until mixture resembles bread crumbs.
- Combine wter& vinegar and sprinkle over flour mixture a little bit at a time, tossing together with a fork, until the pastry is moist enough to hold its shape when a little piece is pressed between your fingers.
- Gather pastry into a ball- it should NOT feel sticky.
- Flour the counter or pastry board lightly.
- With a floured rolling pin, roll the pastry out into a rectangle approximately 8 X 12 inches.
- Fold the pastry into thirds (like a letter).
- Turn the dough so the open edges face you& roll out into a rectangle again; fold into thirds again.
- Repeat the step one more time.
- Cover dough with plastic wrap& chill for 1 hour.
- For smaller pies, use 1/2 of the dough; for larger pies, use 2/3 or all of it.
- Unused dough can be frozen.
- Roll dough out to 1/4 inch for your pie.