Basic Flaky Pie Crust

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Flaky, flaky, flaky. Cold vegetable shortening and ice water do the trick to make this classic crust true to its name.

INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):


  • Whisk the flour and salt together in a medium size bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in the cold shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Drizzle 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water over flour. Toss mixture with a fork to moisten, adding more water a few drops at a time until the dough comes together.
  • Gently gather dough particles together into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling.
  • Roll out dough, and put in a pie plate. Fill with desired filling and bake.

  • Note:

    For information on how to pre-bake a pie crust, check our Pie Frequently Asked Questions page.