Basic Pie Dough

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 2 disks dough
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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

  1. 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. 
  2. 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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