Sugar, butter and a dash of vanilla are added to the flour and chilled shortening, so this wonderful pastry is much like a sweet shortbread cookie. It 's perfect for cherry or other fruit fillings. This recipe yields one 9-inch crust.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled
- 4 tablespoons shortening, chilled
- 5 tablespoons ice water
Place flour in a bowl with the sugar and salt. Cut the butter and shortening into pieces, and cut into the flour until crumbly. Mix in vanilla. Add just enough water to form a ball: it should not be sticky. Knead quickly into a smooth ball. Wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour.
When ready to make pie, roll dough out as you would any crust. Do not let sit out, or handle excessively allowing to soften. Easiest to work with if firm.