Flaky Pastry For Single Crust Pie Recipe

Summary

Method

Ingredients

 All purpose flour1 Cup (16 tbs)
 Salt1⁄2 Teaspoon
 Shortening/Unsalted margarine/butter1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (Very Cold)
 Ice water2 1⁄2 Tablespoon

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: Complete recipe

Calories 1059 Calories from Fat 614

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 70 g107%

Saturated Fat 17.3 g86.3%

Trans Fat 9 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 975.3 mg40.6%

Total Carbohydrates 95 g31.8%

Dietary Fiber 3.4 g13.5%

Sugars 0.3 g

Protein 13 g25.8%

Vitamin A Vitamin C

Calcium 2.1% Iron 32.5%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Directions

In a bowl, combine sifted flour and salt.
Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
Sprinkle in ice water, one tablespoon at a time, tossing lightly and stirring with a fork.
Try to moisten mixture in sections, pushing moist dough aside to add water to the driest portion.
The dough should be just moist enough to hold together when pressed gently with the fork.
Dough should not be sticky.
Shape dough into a ball and carefully flatten into a half-inch-thick round.
Smooth edges to prevent cracking when you roll.
Wrap in waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator for twenty minutes.
Lightly flour your surface and rolling pin.
Using short, gentle strokes, roll the dough lightly from the center out in all directions to 1/8 inch thickness.
Form a circle one inch larger than an inverted 8- or 9-inch pie plate.
Fold pastry in half.
Ease loosely into the pan with fold in center.
Do not stretch.
Dough shrinks slightly as it bakes and will crack.
Gently pat out air pockets.
Fold edge of crust under, press up into rim of pan, and crimp as desired.
Pie is ready for filling.
If you are prebaking an empty shell, prick entire surface with tines of fork.
Refrigerate for 1/2 hour.
If you prefer to prebake the crust, place in preheated 350° oven for 15 to 25 minutes or until browned to your taste.
Cool before filling.
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