Traditional Pie Crust: Butter & Shortening Dough

2½ cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
½ teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons butter, cut into tablespoon-size pieces
8 tablespoons vegetable shortening
½ cup ice water plus 1–2 tablespoons more as needed
Additional flour for rolling out dough

Add all ingredients but the ice water in a large bowl.

Quickly work the mixture together with your hands until the ingredients look like cracker crumbs with lumps the size of peas.

Sprinkle ice water over the mixture and stir lightly with a fork.

Squeeze a handful of dough to see if it holds together. Mix in more water as needed.

Divide the dough in half and make two  discs about 5 inches across.

Wrap the discs separately in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.

Roll the dough until is is approximately 1 to 2 inches larger than your pie pan, brush off the extra flour.

Lay the dough in the pie pan carefully.  Don’t worry if the crust has cracks or even a small hole. Brush a little water where it needs to be patched and glue on the patch piece.

Put the filling in the pie and repeat the process with the other piece of dough.

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