This is it. Years of making pie have landed me right here – my perfect pie crust recipe. It gets rave reviews and results in a very light and delicate texture.
I feel like a sell-out because I have not converted to all butter, but it’s just not the same. I tried all butter, I tried lard and I even tried coconut oil. But this combination delivers exactly what I want in a pie crust.
Best of Both Worlds Pie Dough
For one 9-inch pie crust (double if necessary)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 tsp salt
4 T shortening (Frozen!)
*You can do Spectrum organic palm oil shortening to feel a little better about this
8 Tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter (Frozen!)
1/4 cup ice water
1 teaspoon cider vinegar (just add to the water)
Place dry ingredients into food processor and pulse a few times to distribute the salt and sugar. Scatter frozen cubes of butter and shortening on top of the flour.
Pulse in processor for about 1 second each time until the mixture looks like coarse meal. You can take a knife and fluff it around to be sure no large chunks are under the blade. This should be about 6-8 pulses. Once the fat is cut in, add the ice water through the chute about a tablespoon at a time while you continue short pulses. The mixture will not look like cookie dough – it will probably look a little crumbly. Periodically check to see if the dough pinches together. When the dough begins to hold together, turn it out onto saran wrap, form into a ball, wrap and press it into a disc. If you did a double batch, separate the dough into two discs. Refrigerate for an hour or up to two days.
TIP: cut the butter and shortening into small pieces and toss in freezer in a ziploc bag. I keep a couple of pre-cubed bags in the freezer during months when I’m making a lot of pie so they are ready to go.