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Classic American Pie Crust-Single Crust Recipe

Servings: Makes 1 crust for a single crust pie
Either butter or solid vegetable shortening can be used in this recipe. It's a basic recipe that's been around for ages and works very well. It makes a crust for a single crust pie, such as a pumpkin pie or a lemon meringue pie.

1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter or vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)
3-5 tablespoons ice water

In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Cut or rub in half of the buter or shortening, then the other half. Sprinkle the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, over mixture. With a fork, toss mixture together. Continue until the dough is just moist enough to hold together when pressed. Gather into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill for at least 1 hour.

Take dough from the refrigerator, and roll out on a lightly floured surface until it is about 1/8-inch thick, and about 2 inches larger in diameter than your pie plate. This gives you enough to make a good high rim for a single crust shell. Keep the dough chilled until ready to fill. The dough can be chilled for up to a month, and frozen until needed.

Makes 1 crust for a single crust pie.

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: February 3, 2002