Art Pottery, Politics and Food
Tuesday, March 18, 2003
This is a great basic recipe. If you do not have a Food Processor you can use a pastry cutter or a sturdy me...make the investment...get a food processor!

Pastry Crust
oven 425

1 cup All Purpose Flour
1/4 Tsp Salt
1/4 cup Shortening
1 Tbsp cold Butter
2-4 Tbsps Ice Water
2-3 11" sheets of Plastic Wrap

Position multi-purpose blade in work bowl of a Food Processor. Add flour and salt. Process until blended. Add Shortening and Butter. Pulse 3-4 times until crumbly. Sprinkle minimum amount of Ice Water evenly over mixture. Pulse until mixture pulls away from the sides of the bowl and almost forms a loose ball. Spread Plastic Wrap onto work surface. Place ball of dough onto wrap. Cover, evenly with the first sheet, another sheet of Plastic Wrap. Roll into 10-11" rough circle. You may have to readjust top sheet of Plastic. When dough is flattened remove top sheet of Plastic. Slide hand under the dough and the bottom piece of Plastic and raise off work surface. Place us side down pie pan on top of dough and plastic, hold firmly and quickly invert. Fit dough into shell and carefully peel layer of plastic away from dough. If pie shell is baked without a filling, pierce entire surface area with a fork. Bake 9-12 minutes or until golden brown or bake according to the specific pie recipe such as in the Spinach Quiche. Delicious with a sweet or savory filling!
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