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Recipe: The perfect pie crust

Tips for a flaky and golden pie crust:

  • Measure ingredients weight or volume
  • Use cold water, cold butter, cold shortening
  • Let the finish dough rest at least 30 minutes before use.
  • Check oven temperature, and bake at 375F.
  • Do not over mix dough


 4 cups (16 oz.) All-purpose flour

 ¾ tsp. (4.5 g.) salt

2/3 cup (5.3 oz.) cold butter

¾ cup + 3 tbsp.( 5.3 oz.) cold vegetable shortening (non- hydrogenated)

5.5 FL oz. cold water


Mix flour and salt.

Use a fork or pastry cutter to blend the butter and shortening into the flour.  It will resemble small pea size crumbs.

Add cold water, and mix just until incorporated. Do not over mix or dough will be hard. Let dough rest for 30 minutes before using.

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