Classic Pie Pastry

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Dietary: Clean Eating, Egg-Free, Kosher, Peanut-Free, Tree-Nut Free, Vegetarian, Whole Grain

Pie crusts can be finicky, but once you get the hang of them, you can wow everyone with their buttery flaky goodness!

Prep: 10 min
Total Time: 1 h
Yield: 6 servings



  • Place flour in a food processor. Add salt and sugar and process for 20 seconds to combine. Stop machine. Add chunks of butter / shortening on top of flour. Process by pulsing intermittently to break the fat into the flour (until you have a crumbly mixture).
  • Drizzle water and lemon juice on top and turn machine on for 15 seconds (no more) until the mixture holds together more or less).
  • Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board. Knead very gently for a few seconds to smooth out dough. Pat into a flattened disc and wrap well in plastic. Chill dough at least 1 hour or overnight before using. This dough can be frozen for up to three months.
  • Notes: You may also use 1/2 butter and 1/2 unflavored shortening.