Simple Pastry Crust

Simple Pastry CrustRecipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner
Simple Pastry Crust serves as the base of Swiss Chard-Ricotta Galettes with Fried Eggs.


Makes 2 piecrusts

Recipe from

Coastal Living


3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
3 tablespoons vegetable shortening
1 large egg
1 tablespoon white vinegar


1. Combine flour and sea salt in a large bowl. Mix in butter and shortening with a pastry blender or 2 forks until it resembles coarse meal.

2. Whisk together egg, vinegar, and 1/4 cup cold water, pour into flour mixture, and stir just until it comes together and starts to form a ball. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, if necessary. Press together with lightly floured hands, and form into 2 flat rounds. Cover with plastic wrap, and chill 1 hour or overnight.