Someone's Pastry for a Double-Crust Pie (Or Two Pie Crusts)

Recipe by Greeny4444
READY IN: 15mins




  • Prepare to have the ice water handy by filling a Pyrex measuring cup with water and ice cubes. Set it by your work area, and let it get icy cold.
  • Combine flour and salt in a medium bowl.
  • With a pastry cutter (or two knives), cut the shortening in until the mixture resembles pea-sized crumbs.
  • Take out the pastry cutter and, while stirring with a fork, add 1 Tablespoon ice cold water at a time until the dough is sticky and comes together. If the weather (or your kitchen) is warm/humid, less water will be needed. Be sure you have the consistency you want, because it's very difficult to add more water.
  • Form half the dough into a ball with your hands, and flatten the ball into a 1/2" thickness, rounding the edges.
  • Place the dough onto a lightly floured surface (you can place between sheets of wax or parchment paper, if that is easier), and roll into a 10" circle (roll with your wrists doing the work, not your shoulders. I saw that on a Bobby Flay - Pie Throwdown episode).
  • Gently transfer to a 9" pie plate. Gently press the pastry down into the plate, being sure not to stretch or tear the dough. If it does tear a little, just take some off the edge, and "patch" it.
  • Create a decorative edge around the top, and cut any extra crust off of the edge.
  • Repeat for a second single-crust pie, or fill the bottom crust and top with the second half of this recipe for a double-crust pie.
  • Blind bake the crusts or fill and bake as directed in your recipe.