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RECIPE: Perfect Pie Crust

RECIPE: Perfect Pie Crust

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Perfect Pie Crust

This pie crust uses butter and shortening to make it both flaky and flavorful.

Photo by Daniel Neman

Yield: 2 (10-inch) crusts. 8 to 10 servings for a double crust, 16 to 20 servings for 2 crusts

12 tablespoons (1½ sticks) very cold unsalted butter, see note

3 cups all-purpose flour, see note

1 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

¹³ cup very cold vegetable shortening, see note

6 to 8 tablespoons (3 ounces to ½ cup) ice water

Note: If you have time, measure out the flour and the shortening and place them in the freezer 20 to 30 minutes before you start; dice the butter and put it in the freezer 10 minutes before beginning.

1. Dice the butter if you haven’t already and return it to the refrigerator or freezer while you prepare the flour mixture. Place the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse a few times to mix. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas.

2. With the machine running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball. Dump out on a floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Cut the dough, making one piece slightly larger than the other. Roll the larger piece on a well-floured board into a circle, rolling from the center to the edge, turning and flouring the dough to make sure it doesn’t stick to the board. Fold the dough in half, place in a pie pan, and unfold to fit the pan. Repeat with the top crust, or cut it with a pizza cutter or sharp knife to make strips for a lattice.

Per serving (based on 16): 202 calories; 13g fat; 7g saturated fat; 23mg cholesterol; 3g protein; 19g carbohydrate; 1g sugar; 1g fiber; 148mg sodium; 7mg calcium

Adapted from a recipe by Ina Garten, via the Food Network

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