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Flakey Pie Crust

Flakey Pie Crust
This pie dough recipe makes an excellent crust for both sweet and savory recipes like chicken pot pie or classic apple pie.


  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) chilled, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 3 tablespoons (or more) ice water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Preparation Instructions:

Mix flour, sugar and salt in processor. Add butter and shortening. Using on/off turns, process until mixture resembles coarse meal.

Drizzle 3 tablespoons ice water over mixture. Process just until moist clumps form, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry.

Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic; chill until dough is firm enough to roll out, about 30 minutes.

Roll out dough on lightly floured work surface to 12-inch round. Transfer dough to 9-inch-diameter glass pie dish. Fold overhang under. Crimp edges decoratively.

(Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate.)

More About This Recipe

You can use a pastry blender if you don't have a food processor, it will just take more time. Use the pastry blender to work the butter and shortening into the flour until it reaches that cornmeal consistency.

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