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Flaky Pie Pastry

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Flaky Pie Pastry

Ingredients

3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
4 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup firm, unsalted butter, cut in 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup chilled vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
7 to 8 Tbs ice water, or more as needed

Cooking Instructions

Place the dry ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Chill for 15 minutes. Process for 5 seconds to blend.

Add half of the butter and shortening. Pulse 4 to 5 times, then process for 4 to 5 seconds. Add the remaining butter and shortening and pulse again 4 to 5 times, then process for 4 to 5 seconds. The mixture should have the texture of coarse meal and still contain some larger pieces of fat.

Empty the mixture into a large bowl. Add the ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, drizzling it around the side of the bowl. Use a kitchen fork to push the mixture toward the center with each addition.

With floured hands, press the dough against the side of the bowl forming two balls. All of the crumbs should adhere to the balls and clean the bowl. If not, add some additional water, a few drops at a time. Flatten the balls into two, 4 to 5-inch disks.

Dust the disks with flour, then score with side of your hand. Cover with plastic wrap. Chill 1/2 hour or longer before using. Will keep refrigerated for up to 3 days. This recipe makes one double crust 10-inch pie.

This recipe serves 4-6.

Recipe from All-Clad.com
Copyright 2007 by Carole Walter, CCP

Equipment List

Food Processor
Mixing Bowls
Pie Pans
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