Easy Pie Dough

Adapted from Cook’s Illustrated.  Super easy!  I know you can use both vegetable shortening and butter, but I didn’t have any shortening the day that I made it – and it tasted really good with just butter!  The best homemade crust I’ve ever made. Great for quiches and one crust pies. Make it in a food processor – it’s the only way to go!

Makes one nine inch crust.

INGREDIENTS
– 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (plus more for rolling out the dough)
– 1/2 tsp. salt
– 1 Tbsp sugar
– 10 Tbsp COLD, unsalted butter (straight from the fridge!), cut into 1/4 inch pieces
– 4-5 Tbsp ice water

PROCESS

1) Process flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor until combined.
2)  Add the butter pieces and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and clumps together (about 10 seconds).  Turn the mixture into a medium bowl.
3)  Sprinkle 4 tablespoons of ice water over the mixture.  With a spatula, use a folding motion to mix.  Press down on the dough until it sticks together, adding up to 1 tablespoon more ice water, if necessary.  Flatten the dough into a 4-inch disk.  Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for an hour (or freeze for 30 minutes) of up to 2 days before rolling.

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