Pie Crust

Flaky Pie Dough

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
1/4 cup shortening, frozen and cut into small pieces
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

  1. Whisk together the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Add the shortening and butter and toss with your fingers until well coated in the flour mixture. Using a pastry blender or your fingers, cut the shortening and butter into the dry ingredients until reduced to pea-size pieces, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Drizzle in 3 tablespoons of the ice water and the lemon juice and mix just until the dough comes together. (Add the last tablespoon of ice water if the dough is too dry, but don’t overwork the dough or it’ll become tough.)
  3. Form the dough into a flat disk. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before rolling it out.


Photo and recipe credit> http://www.chow.com/recipes/30174-flaky-pie-dough