Chez panisse pastry crust

Yield: 2 servings

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Unbleached all-purpose
⅜ teaspoon Salt
⅛ teaspoon Sugar
5 tablespoons Cold salted butter
6½ tablespoon Cold unsalted butter
3 tablespoons Vegetable shortening
3 tablespoons Ice water -- plus
1 teaspoon Ice water

This is a good basic pie crust recipe from Lindsey Shere at Chez Panisse. It is flaky and has a good butter flavor.

MIX THE FLOUR, SALT AND SUGAR in a bowl. Cut the salted butter in pieces ⅓-inch thick and quickly cut them into the flour mixture until it is the texture of cornmeal. You can do this with a pastry blender, with your hands by rubbing quickly and lightly Cut in the unsalted butter and the vegetable shortening until they are in larger pieces, about ⅛- to ¼-inch in diameter. This helps to make the dough flaky. Sprinkle in the 3 tablespoons ice water, tossing the dough lightly with a fork to moisten it e During this time, the enzymes in the flour will mellow the gluten to permit the water to be absorbed completely; this conditioning will help to prevent shrinkage and toughness later. Makes enough for two 9-inch pie shells.


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