Flaky Butter Pie Crust

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This makes enough pastry to line a 9" pie plate for a single-crust pie.

Difficulty: Medium

Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 20 minutes

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp. confectioners' sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 5 Tbsp. cold vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup ice-cold water

Directions

  • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine all-purpose flour, cake flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse a few times to combine ingredients.
  • Sprinkle pieces of butter over flour mixture; stir into flour mixture lightly, then pulse about 6 times. Sprinkle shortening pieces over mixture, stir in lightly, and then pulse 6–8 times. Sprinkle with half of ice water; pulse 5 times. Sprinkle with remaining water; pulse about 6 times, or until pastry dough begins to form large clumps. Empty into a large bowl and knead 2 or 3 times just until dough holds together to form a ball. Chill for about 20 minutes.
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface, and then fit it into pie plate. Crimp the edge all around and cut away excess dough.
  • Fill pie shell and bake according to recipe instructions.

Recipe Information

Serves: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ⅔ cup cake flour
  • 1 Tbsp. confectioners' sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 5 Tbsp. cold vegetable shortening, cut into small pieces
  • ¼ cup ice-cold water

Directions

  • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine all-purpose flour, cake flour, sugar, and salt. Pulse a few times to combine ingredients.
  • Sprinkle pieces of butter over flour mixture; stir into flour mixture lightly, then pulse about 6 times. Sprinkle shortening pieces over mixture, stir in lightly, and then pulse 6–8 times. Sprinkle with half of ice water; pulse 5 times. Sprinkle with remaining water; pulse about 6 times, or until pastry dough begins to form large clumps. Empty into a large bowl and knead 2 or 3 times just until dough holds together to form a ball. Chill for about 20 minutes.
  • Roll out dough on a floured surface, and then fit it into pie plate. Crimp the edge all around and cut away excess dough.
  • Fill pie shell and bake according to recipe instructions.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Information
Amount per serving
Calories220
Total Fat13g
Saturated Fat6g
Cholesterol15mg
Sodium150mg
Total Carbohydrate21g
Dietary Fiber0g
Sugars1g
Protein3g