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Basic Pastry for a 10-inch Pie

Yield 10 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

How to Make It

  1. Combine flour and salt; cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, evenly over surface; stir with a fork until dry ingredients are moistened. Shape into a ball; cover and chill until ready to use.

  2. Roll pastry to 1/8-inch thickness on a lightly floured surface. Place in pieplate; trim off excess pastry along edges. Fold edges under, and crimp. Chill. Proceed as directed.