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Pie Dough

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This pie crust is so delicious and very simple to make! This recipe will make 2 crusts so it can be used to make 2 pies or just 1 if it has a top crust as well, such as this Apple Pie! Today we used the pie crust to make Spinach Feta Quiche and since we only used half we used the other half to make Homemade Pop Tarts!

To make the dough for the crust you start by combining a portion of the flour with the ice water and let it sit.

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Then, combine the remaining flour with salt. Next, cut in the shortening and butter until its a course meal texture. I like to get in there and just use my hands. If you decide to use your hands make sure you work quickly so you don’t melt the butter.

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Time to add in your ice water and flour mixture. Mix in until moist. If necessary, add a little bit of ice water at a time until your dough comes mostly together. It will still be a little dry. Next, separate the dough in half. At this point keep any dough you aren’t working with refrigerated so the butter stays solid.

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I prefer to roll my dough out in between pieces of parchment paper so that it doesn’t stick to the counter and then it is easy to transfer as well. When you use the parchment paper to transfer the dough it will look like this:

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Then,  remove the parchment and trim whatever excess is hanging over the edge. Baking the dough depends on what you are making. If you just wanted an empty crust for a cream pie for example, you would bake the crust at 350 degrees about 20-30 minutes or until lightly golden. Otherwise, follow my recipes that use this dough and they will explain how and when to bake it!

Pie Dough

  • 2 cups flour, separated
  • 1/3 cup ice water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, chilled and cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening

Instructions:

  1. Combine 1/3 cup of flour with ice water. Stir well and set aside.
  2. Stir together remaining flour and salt.
  3. Cut in butter and shortening until coarse meal texture.
  4. Add flour and ice water mixture and stir to moisten. If necessary add a little bit of ice water at a time to help dough come together. It won’t be completely pulled together.
  5. Store any dough in refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. Roll out into desired shape.

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