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What is a good recipe for flaky pie crust?

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A good recipe for flaky pie crust is perfectly flaky pie crust from the Food Network. You need all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, unsalted butter, shortening and salt as well as some ice water to help form the mixture into a cohesive ball of dough.

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To make pie crust, whisk together 1 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar and 3/4 teaspoon of table salt, and then mix in 6 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter diced into small pieces until the butter is well-coated. Rub the butter pieces into the flour mixture until it starts to form bean-sized crumbles, and repeat the process with 1/4 cup of shortening until the crumbles are smaller. Next, drizzle 7 to 8 tablespoons of water into the mixture until the dough is just moistened, and knead it until it starts to come together. Form the dough into a disc, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill it for at least 30 minutes. Roll the dough out on a floured surface.

Another good recipe cuts out the shortening and sugar fand calls for 1/2 cup of butter, 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour, 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 cup of ice water. Refrigerate this dough for at least four hours before using.

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