Combine the flour, sugar and salt, then place the shortening on top. Find the full ingredients list in our Single-Crust Pie Pastry recipe.
Shortcut your way to a homemade pastry by using a food processor. It works quickly for consistent results. Follow these steps and proceed fearlessly into your pie-making adventure.
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Cover and pulse with on/off turns until mixture resembles cornmeal with pea-size pieces of shortening.
Sprinkle ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time, over flour mixture. Cover and pulse with on/off turns.
Form the Dough:
Continue adding water and pulsing until the flour mixture is moistened and holds together.
Roll from center to edges on a lightly floured surface using a lightly floured rolling pin.
Carefully wrap the pastry around a rolling pin and transfer to a pie plate. Folding it into fourths and easing it into the dish without stretching will also work.