Basic Pie Crust
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chilled vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
- 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a medium bowl, combine the flour and salt. Using a pastry blender or the back of a fork, cut in shortening until crumbly. Add 3 tablespoons ice water 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring after each addition until combined. Add extra tablespoon of ice water if needed to hold dough together. Form dough into a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill at least 1 hour. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a 1/8-inch-thick round. Fit into a 9-inch pie dish. Fold extra dough under and crimp or decorate edges as desired. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 day. Makes 1 9-inch pie crust.