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Flakiest (And Easiest) Pie Crust

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“This is the flakiest, simplest pie pastry recipe I've come across. Make several batches at one time and freeze. TIP on pre-baking pie crusts: If your pie shell is to be baked without a filling, you must first prick the dough in the pan with a fork. If desired, place dry beans on top of the crust so that it bakes evenly. Place in a 450 degree oven and bake 10 to 15 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool on a rack before filling. (NOTE: If you're using dry beans when baking the crust, remove them after 8 minutes baking and continue baking.)”
1 pie crust

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In bowl of food processor, place flour, salt, and sugar; process once to combine all.
  2. Chill shortening briefly - about 3 minutes in the freezer will do.
  3. Break shortening into bits; distribute around steel blade in bowl.
  4. Process with 7 on-off pulses, until shortening is broken into dry ingredients well.
  5. Add ice water.
  6. Process with 7 more on-off pulses, or until dough forms into a ball.
  7. Roll out.
  8. Proceed with pie recipe.
  9. This recipe doubles well.

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