Pastry for Single-Crust Pie

Butter-flavored shortening also works well in this basic recipe.

Pastry for Single-Crust Pie
SERVINGS
8
PREP TIME
10 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/3  cup shortening
  • 4 - 5   tablespoons cold water
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Directions
1. 
Stir together flour and salt. Using a pastry blender, cut in shortening until pieces are pea-size.
2. 
Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push moistened dough to the side of the bowl. Repeat moistening dough, using 1 tablespoon of the water at a time, until all the dough is moistened. Form dough into a ball.
3. 
On a lightly floured surface, use your hands to slightly flatten dough. Roll dough from center to edges into a circle about 12 inches in diameter.
4. 
To transfer pastry, wrap it around the rolling pin. Unroll pastry into a 9-inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate, being careful not to stretch pastry.
5. 
Rim pastry to 1/2 inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold under extra pastry. Crimp edge as desired. Do not prick pastry. Bake as directed in individual recipes. Makes 8 servings.

Variation

  • Food processor directions:

    Prepare as above, except place steel blade in food processor bowl. Add flour, shortening, and salt. Cover and process with on/off turns until most of mixture resembles cornmeal, but a few larger pieces remain. With food processor running, quickly add 3 tablespoons water through feed tube. Stop processor as soon as all water is added; scrape down sides. Process with 2 on/off turns (mixture may not all be moistened). Remove dough from bowl; shape into a ball.

Variation

  • Baked Pastry Shell:

    Prepare as above, except generously prick bottom and sides of pastry in pie plate with a fork. Prick all around where bottom and sides meet. Line pastry with a double thickness of foil. Bake in a 450 degree F oven for 8 minutes. Remove foil. Bake 5 to 6 minutes more or until golden. Cool on a wire rack.

Make Ahead Tip

  • Cool pastry shell. Wrap in foil and place in freezer container or bag. Seal, label, and freeze up to 1 month. Thaw overnight before using.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 141, Fat, total (g) 9, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 14, pro. (g) 2, sodium (mg) 67, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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