Sunset's Best Basic Pie Crust Dough

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READY IN: 15mins
SERVES: 1-2
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2 12
    cups flour
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 1 12
    teaspoons salt
  • 7
    tablespoons butter, very cold, cut into small pieces
  • 7
    tablespoons shortening, very cold, cut into small pieces
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DIRECTIONS

  • Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a large bowl. Drop in butter and shortening. Using your hands, a fork, a pastry cutter, or two knives, work butter and shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles cornmeal with some small pea-sized pieces.
  • Using a fork, quickly stir in 1/2 cup ice water (mixture will not hold together). Turn dough and crumbs onto a clean surface. Knead just until dough starts to hold together but some bits still fall away, 5 to 10 times. Divide dough in half and pat each half into a 6-inch disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 20 minutes and up to overnight.
  • NOTES: "If you would like to use lard--which also contributes flavor and flakiness to pie crust--substitute 2 tbsp lard for 2 tbsp of the shortening. Try to get good-quality lard from a butcher shop if you can; it's generally much better than ordinary grocery-store lard.".
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