Basic Pie Crust

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Basic Pie Crust

2 cups flour
Pinch of salt
1 cup shortening, chilled
1/4 cup water

Mix flour and salt in a bowl. Remove 1/3 cup of the mixture and set aside. Add the chilled shortening, and using a pastry cutter, incorporate until shortening and flour become pea-sized; set aside. Use reserved 1/3 cup of flour/salt mixture and 1/4 cup of water; mix to make a paste.

Using hands, add paste to flour/shortening mixture and work it just enough for paste to cover everything - don't work it too much. Roll out dough, and then transfer dough to a pie plate. Fill with your choice of pie filling.

   

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