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All-American Pie Crust

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  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, cold, cut in 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup shortening, cold, in tablespoon-size pieces
  • 6 tablespoons cold water


In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add butter and shortening. Combine by pinching with fingertips or pastry blender until fat evenly is distributed and broken into hazelnut-size pieces. (The mixture should hold together when pressed.)

Add water all at once, and stir a few times with a wooden spoon. Turn out onto plastic wrap, and loosely wrap. Gently knead into a ball and then divide in half. Covering each with plastic, press into 5-inch disks, and wrap well. Chill one hour to three days, or freeze for later use.

Serving Size: Makes two 9-inch pie crusts

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