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Microwave Pie Shell


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 4 drops yellow food coloring
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cold water


  1. Combine flour and salt.
  2. Cut in shortening until like coarse meal.
  3. Add food coloring.
  4. Sprinkle water over flour mixture and stir with a fork. Shape into a ball. Roll out on a floured surface into a circle 2 inches larger than an inverted 9-inch pie plate. Fit loosely into pie plate. Trim edges and fold under to form a standing rim. Flute. Place a piece of heavy-duty plastic wrap over the pastry and cover with dried beans. Gently prick the rim of the pastry.
  5. Microwave on HIGH for 5 1/2 to 7 minutes until the pastry is opaque and the bottom is dry.

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