Basic Pie Pastry

Basic Pie Pastry
Photo by Scott Phillips


  • 2-½ oz. (5 Tbs.) cold unsalted butter, cut into 10 chunks
  • ¼ tsp. table salt
  • 2-½ oz. (6 Tbs.) cold vegetable shortening
  • 1 tsp. granulated sugar
  • 6-¾ oz. (1-½ cups) unbleached all-purpose flour

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a pastry blender or two knives, begin to cut the butter into the flour. While the butter is still in large pieces, add the shortening to the bowl and continue to cut the fat into the flour until most pieces are the size of large pea...

View full recipe at Fine Cooking


Variations on Basic Pie Pastry

  • Basic Pie Pastry
    • 8 tablespoons water
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or a combination

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