Basic Crust

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 1 hr
  • Yield: 2 disks dough
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2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening, cut into pieces

10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces


  1. Pulse the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in a food processor. Add the shortening and one-third of the butter; pulse until the mixture looks like coarse meal. Add the remaining butter and pulse until it is the size of peas. Add 1/4 cup ice water and pulse a few more times. If the dough doesn't hold together when squeezed, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, pulsing. 
  2. Divide between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Pat into disks; wrap and chill at least 1 hour.