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Pie Crust Flaky Pastry

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Ingredients
  All purpose flour 1 3⁄4 Cup (28 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Shortening 2⁄3 Cup (10.67 tbs)
  Cold water 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
Directions

Place the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Work in the shortening, using a pastry blender or two knives until large loose crumbs the size of peas are formed.
Sprinkle in the water, a tablespoonful or so at a time, using a fork to draw the moistened crumbs into a ball.
Add no more water than is necessary to form the ball.
Turn out on a lightly floured board.
Quickly form dough into a ball with your hands.
Divide into two pieces for 9" or 10" pie shells.
Chill.
To prepare unfilled tart shells, prick the pastry with a fork and bake at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
Cool in the pan.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes

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