Single-Crust Pie Pastry

Try this sure-fire recipe for a homemade crust in just 10 minutes.

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep: 10 mins
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Single-Crust Pie Pastry
Ingredients
1 1/4
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/3
cup shortening
 
Cold water
Directions
  1. In medium bowl stir together all-purpose flour and salt. Using pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon cold water over part of the flour mixture; gently toss with a fork to mix. Push moistened pastry to side of bowl. Repeat moistening flour mixture, using 1 tablespoon of water at a time, until all of the flour mixture is moistened. Form dough into a ball.
  2. On lightly floured surface, use your hand to slightly flatten pastry. Roll pastry from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter, lightly dusting with flour as needed.
  3. To line pie plate:
  4. Wrap pastry around rolling pin. Unroll into a 9-inch pie plate or pan. Ease into pie plate without stretching the dough. Trim edges of crust to 1/2 inch beyond pie plate. Flute edge a desired. Makes 8 servings.
From the Test Kitchen
Food processor method:

In food processor combine flour, salt, and shortening. Pulse until mixture resembles cornmeal but a few lager pieces remain. With processor running, quickly add 3 tablespoons water through feed tube. Stop processor as soon as all water is added; scrape down sides. Process with two pulses (mixture may not look completely moistened). Remove pastry and form into a ball. Proceed as above. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts (Single-Crust Pie Pastry)
    Per serving:
  • 144 kcal cal.,
  • 8 g fat
  • (2 g sat. fat,
  • 2 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 3 g monounsatured fat),
  • 73 mg sodium,
  • 15 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 2 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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