Basic Pie Dough
2 1/2 c. unbleached all-purpose flour1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp sugar1/2 c. vegetable shortening, chilled
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into ¼ in pieces6-8 Tbsp ice water
DIRECTIONS:1. Process the flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor until combined.
2. Add the shortening and process until the mixture has the texture of coarse sand, about 10 secs.
3. Scatter the butter into the flour and cut the butter into the flour until the mixture is pale yellow and resembles coarse crumbs, with butter bits no larger than small peas, about ten 1-sec pulses.
4. Turn the mixture into a medium bowl. Sprinkle 6 Tbsp of the ice water over the mixture. With a rubber spatula, use a folding motion to mix. Press down on until dough sticks together, adding up to 2 Tbsp more ice water if the dough will not come together. (I only needed about 3 Tbsp of water total)