Basic Pie Crust
Makes 1 (9-inch) pie crust
  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons cold all-vegetable shortening, cut into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ cup ice water
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. Using a pastry blender, cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring with a fork just until mixture comes together and starts to form a ball. (You may not need to use the full ½ cup of water.)
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead mixture until it forms a smooth dough. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to a 13-inch circle, about ¼ inch thick. Transfer dough to a 9-inch pie plate. Trim excess dough from edges, and decorate as desired.
Recipe by Paula Deen Magazine at