Basic Pie Dough

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
Prep:
1 hr 15 min

Yield:
2 disks dough
Level:
Easy
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
Directions
  • Pulse the flour, shortening, sugar, vinegar and salt in a food processor until it looks like fine meal. Add the butter and pulse until it is in pea-size pieces. Sprinkle in 1/4 cup ice water and pulse until the dough begins to come together. Pinch the dough with your fingers; if it doesn't hold together, add up to 4 more tablespoons ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse again.

  • Divide the dough between 2 sheets of plastic wrap and pat each into a disk. Wrap tightly and refrigerate until firm, at least 1 hour or preferably overnight, or freeze up to 2 months.

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