Basic Pie Pastry

Basic Pie Pastry
Photo by Scott Phillips


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

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
    • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or a combination
    • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or cake flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt

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