Tender Flaky Piecrust

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This makes 2 9-inch unbaked piecrusts.

Ingredients

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 tablespoons shortening, at room temperature
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water

Instructions

In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut butter and shortening into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles baby peas. Sprinkle the water over the mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, and blend with a fork. Repeat until the dough is moist enough to come together. Gather the dough into a ball, knead 5 seconds, and then cut into two pieces. Flatten each piece slightly and shape into a disk. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap; chill 20 minutes.

Roll out one of the disks on a lightly floured surface until you have a circle about 12 inches in diameter.

Place dough into 9-inch pie plate, trimming any extra from the edges. Return it to the refrigerator until you are ready to make the pie.

Cooking & Recipes

Yield: 

2 crusts

Preparation Time: 

10 minutes

Start to Finish Time: 

30 minutes

Preparation Method

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