Basic Piecrust


1-1/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/4-inch pats
2 to 4 tablespoons ice water


Combine flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Using a fork or a pastry cutter, cut vegetable shortening into flour until mixture resembles cornmeal. Next, begin working butter into the mix until it breaks down into pea-sized lumps. Sprinkle ice water over mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, just until dough is moist enough to hold together when pressed into a ball. Press dough down into a disk, wrap with plastic, and refrigerate 45 minutes. Roll out and shape as needed.


1 piecrust

Preparation Time

15 Minutes

Total Time

70 Minutes

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