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My Pie Crust Recipe – Food Processor

After some testing I decided that the best pie crust is 50/50 butter and shortening. I make mine in the food processor which requires a little more water I find.

  • 8 T butter (1/2 cup / 113 grams)
  • 8 T shortening (1/2 cup / 95 grams)
  • 2 3/4 cup cake & pastry flour (325 grams)
  • 1 t salt
  • 1/2 cup water (ice cold)

I cut butter and shortening into cubes then put both back in the refrigerator for at least an hour, mostly for the shortening to get cold.

  1. Put flour in food processor.
  2. Add salt and sugar if using, pulse to mix
  3. Add butter, pulse until biggest butter pieces are the size of small peas. With my processor I have to stop and scrape down the flour from the sizes at least twice.
  4. Add all but 2 tablespoons of water, pulse, add more water if needed and pulse until just blended
  5. Turn onto lightly floured surface. Some flour may be left, just blend in on counter
  6. Divide in half (about 310g each)
  7. Form into 2 discs for pies or 2 logs for tarts (6 tarts each log)
  8. Wrap in saran and put back in fridge for minimum 30 minutes before rolling.
  9. Roll out dough and place in pie plates.
  10. Put back in fridge for 30 minutes before baking.

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