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How to Make a Basic Pie Crust

Take this crash course before you start your holiday baking.
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(Makes 2 crusts)

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening

1 1/2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces

6 tablespoons ice water

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Step 1

Pulse the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor to combine. Add the shortening and process until it disappears into the flour, 30 seconds.

Photography by Andrew Purcell

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Step 2

Add the butter to the food processor.

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Step 3

Pulse until the mixture looks like cornmeal with bean-size bits of butter, about 12 times.

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