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Tender Flaky Pie Crust

Tender Flaky Pie Crust
8 votes, 4.62 avg. rating (90% score)
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Total Time: 10

Yield: 2 crusts

Try this recipe for tender, flaky pie crust, and it just may become your go-to crust for pastries and pies. It makes 2 9-inch unbaked piecrusts.

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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons shortening, at room temperature
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water


In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut butter and shortening into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles baby peas. Sprinkle the water over the mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, and blend with a fork. Repeat until the dough is moist enough to come together. Gather the dough into a ball, knead 5 seconds, and then cut into two pieces. Flatten each piece slightly and shape into a disk. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap; chill 20 minutes.

Roll out one of the disks on a lightly floured surface until you have a circle about 12 inches in diameter.

Place dough into 9-inch pie plate, trimming any extra from the edges. Return it to the refrigerator until you are ready to make the pie.

Updated Monday, October 20th, 2003

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4 Responses to Tender Flaky Pie Crust

  1. Wendy Terrell November 2, 2003 at 7:02 pm #

    Simply delicious! Received rave reviews when I brought this to a gathering. Was rather time-consuming to prepare, but was well worth it.

  2. Lucia Brady November 9, 2004 at 9:31 am #

    This is the best pie crust I have ever found. You can omit the sugar without any adverse effect. It comes out very flaky and very tender. I use it exclusively now for any thing that needs a crust. I keep the sugar in if using it for fruit pies and omit it if for pot pies, etc.

  3. Anonymous January 14, 2005 at 10:31 am #

    fantastic recipe!!!

  4. Carolyn Martel January 30, 2006 at 1:32 pm #

    I used this recipe when I made a blueberry pie and my husband said it was the best blueberry pie that I had ever made. The crust was simply delicious.

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