- 2 1/2 C all-purpose flour 300g
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter frozen, 84g
- 3/4 C vegetable shortening chilled
- 1/2 C ice water 120ml
- Mix the flour and salt together in a large bowl. Add the shortening.
- Using a pastry cutter or two forks, cut the shortening into the mixture until it resembles coarse meal. A pastry cutter makes this step very easy and quick. Grate the frozen butter in and use the pastry cutter to bland it all together. (pea-sized bits with a few larger bits of fat is OK).
- Measure 1/2 cup (120ml) of water in a cup. Add ice. Stir it around. From that, measure 1/2 cup (120ml) of water– since the ice has melted a bit. Drizzle the cold water in, 1 Tablespoon (15ml) at a time, and stir with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon after every Tablespoon (15ml) added. Do not add any more water than you need to. Stop adding water when the dough begins to form large clumps. I always use about 1/2 cup (120ml) of water and a little more in dry winter months (up to 3/4 cup).
- Transfer the pie dough to a floured work surface. The dough should come together easily and should not feel overly sticky. Using floured hands, fold the dough into itself until the flour is fully incorporated into the fats. Form it into a ball. Divide dough in half. Flatten each half into 1-inch thick discs using your hands.
- Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours (and up to 5 days).
- When rolling out the chilled pie dough discs to use in your pie, always use gentle force with your rolling pin. Start from the center of the disc and work your way out in all directions, turning the dough with your hands as you go. Visible specks of butter and fat in the dough are perfectly normal and expected!
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Buttery Flaky Pie Crust
Amount Per Serving
Calories 525 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30g 46%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Cholesterol 23mg 8%
Sodium 242mg 10%
Potassium 99mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 54g 18%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.