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Perfect Pie Crust Recipe

House Home Photo Perfect Pie Crust Recipe

Perfect for custard and fruit-based pies.

Ingredients: 

2 cups flour
1-1/2 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1/2 cup ice water

Instructions: 

Step 1: In a mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add the shortening and work it through with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add ice water, 1 tbsp at a time and work it in with your hands until you have formed a smooth ball of dough. 

Step 2: Cover the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove dough from refrigerator and place it on a lightly floured surface. 

Step 3: Divide dough in half. Roll out each dough portion on the floured surface into a circle about 14" in diameter and 1/8" thick. Gently fold each of the circles of dough in half and then in half again, and carefully lift it and unfold into a 9" pie pan.

Makes two pie crusts

Photographer: 

©istockphoto.com/Nell Redmond

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