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Perfect Homemade Pie Crust

Servings 2 (10-inch) crusts


  • 12 tbsp unsalted butter Very cold!
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening Very cold!
  • 6-8 tbsp water About a 1/2 cup


  • Dice the butter and shortening and return to the refrigerator (I put mine in the freezer.) while you prepare the flour mixture.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to blend.
  • Add the butter and shortening and pulse 8 - 12 times, until butter is the size of peas.
  • While the machine is running, slowly pour water down the feed tube. Stop the machine.
  • Pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball.
  • Dump out on a floured surface, roll into a ball and divide into halves.
  • Wrap each half in plastic wrap or parchment paper and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready, roll each disk out onto a well-floured surface. Roll from center to edge to form a circle. Turn and flour the dough as you roll to keep it from sticking to the surface. Place in a pie plate. Repeat for top crust or for a second single crust.


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