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Pastry for Classic Single-Crust Pie

If you want to try your hand at making pie pastry from scratch, give this traditional recipe from our Test Kitchen a try.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    1 pastry shell (9 or 10 inches)


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


  • In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Roll out to fit a 9-in. or 10-in pie plate.
  • Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond the edge of plate; flute edges. Fill or bake shell according to recipe directions.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 144 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 148mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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