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Basic Sweet Pie Crust

  • Yield: 2 (9-inch) pie crusts


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water


  • Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Add the shortening and work it in with your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, and work it in with your hands. Add only as much as you need for a smooth ball of dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.