Simple Pastry

Simple Pastry Recipe
Photo: Ngoc Minh Ngo
Get a head start on the holidays or birthdays with this simple pastry. You can make and freeze the dough 3 months in advance.


Makes one 9-inch double-crust pie

Recipe from

Real Simple

Nutritional Information

Calcium 12.53 mg
Calories 365.53
Caloriesfromfat 61 %
Carbohydrate 30 g
Cholesterol 56.54 mg
Fat 25.16 g
Fiber 1.05 g
Iron 1.93 mg
Protein 4.94 mg
Satfat 10.01 g
Sodium 151.07 mg


2 1/2 cups flour, plus more for work surface
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, chilled
1/2 cup solid vegetable shortening, chilled
1 egg
1 tablespoon white vinegar


In a food processor (or in a large bowl, using a pastry blender, 2 crossed knives, or your fingertips), combine the flour, salt, butter, and shortening until the mixture is crumbly and the size of peas. Break the egg into a measuring cup and beat lightly; add the vinegar and enough cold water to measure 1/2 cup. Slowly add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and stir until a soft dough forms. Divide in half. Shape each half into a flat disk and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Tip: The vinegar makes the pie dough especially tender and workable, allowing you to wrap the disks of dough in resealable plastic bags and freeze them for up to 3 months. Thaw partially before rolling them out.


Suzy Verrier and Kai Jacob,

Real Simple

September 2005
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