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Basic Pie Dough

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  All purpose flour 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Margarine 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (1 Stick)
  Ice water 9 Tablespoon

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt.
Using a pastry blender, lightly cut the margarine into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
Add water, a few tablespoons at a time, and mix lightly and quickly until pastry forms a ball.
Divide pastry into two balls and form into two flat circles about 1-inch thick.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
On a floured surface, roll each ball into a 12-inch circle.
Place pastry in pie dish.
Trim or flute the edges and prick the bottom of each shell lightly with a fork.

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