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Perfect Pie Crust

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Category: Pies

 Ingredients List

  • 4 3/4 dl All-purpose flour
  • 1/2 ts Salt
  • 170 g Unsalted butter; chilled
  • 40 g Margarine or veg. shortening
  • 1/2 dl Ice water (or as needed)


*Note: If using vegetable shortening, it should be chilled.

In a large bowl, sift the flour and salt. Cut the chilled butter and
margarine into 1 tablespoon bits and add to the flour. With a pastry
cutter, work flour and shortening together until mixture resembles coarse
meal. Add the ice water little by little, pressing the pastry together
into a ball. Wrap and chill for at least 1 hour.

(It is important to work the pastry as little as possible. Don't
overhandle. A secret to light, flaky pastry is to keep the mixture cool,
add as little water as possible, and mix only as much as necessary.)

If pastry has been chilled for a long time, let it sit at room temperature
for at least 15 minutes before rolling.

Lightly flour a pastry board, marble counter, or kitchen counter. Divide
the pastry in half. Pat each piece of pastry into a flat round. Lightly
flour rolling pin. Roll pastry in one direction only, turning pastry
continually to prevent it from sticking to the surface.

Using pie plate as a guide, measure rolled-out pastry ~ it should be
slightly larger than the pie plate and 1/8-inch (2 mm) thick. Fold rolled
pastry circle in half so you can lift it more easily. Unfold, gently
fitting the pastry into the pie plate, allowing pastry to hang evenly over
the edges. Do not trim the pastry yet.

Fill the pie with filling. The roll out the second crust in the same
manner as for bottom. Fold circle in half and with a sharp, pointed knife
cut little vents in a decorative pattern. Place folded pastry on one half
the pie. Unfold, pressing top and bottom pastry together. Trim edges with
scissors, leaving a 1/2-inch (1 cm) overhang. Fold bottom pastry overhang
over top and press firmly to seal. Crimp rim, using fingers or the tines
of a fork.

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