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Basic Baked Piecrust

Basic Baked Piecrust

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening, cold
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water, divided
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Mix flour and salt in large bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender until pieces are the size of small peas.
  2. Mix egg yolk, 3 tablespoons ice water and the lemon juice in small bowl. Add to flour mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, stirring lightly and tossing with fork until moistened and dough just holds together.
  3. Add remaining ice water, if needed. Gather dough and shape into 1-inch thick disk. Refrigerate, wrapped in plastic wrap, 1 hour or overnight.
  4. Heat oven to 425 degrees F.
  5. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface, rolling from center to edge, to form a 12-inch circle. Fold into quarters; ease and unfold into 9-inch pie plate. Press pastry gently against bottom and sides of pie plate, easing out any air. Trim edge leaving 1/2-inch overhang. Fold overhang under; flute edge.
  6. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes.
  7. Line piecrust with aluminum foil; fill with pie weights.
  8. Bake at 425 degrees F until pastry is set, 8 to 10 minutes.
  9. Remove foil and weights; pierce pastry all over with fork.
  10. Bake until pastry is golden brown, 5 to 7 minutes longer.
  11. Cool completely on wire rack.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Makes: 1 crust (9-inch)

Shortcut: Pastry dough can be made in food processor.

Recipe and photo credit (used with permission): American Egg Board.






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