Butter Flaky Pastry Dough

This can be used as a pie crust, and actually has been used as one. This I will explain in a later entry.And yes, butter improves the taste.

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 Tablespoon ice water

Sift together the flour, sugar and salt. Place into food processor.

Cut butter into 1/4 inch pieces. Drop one piece at a time into the food processor, and pulse into the flour. Repeat until the butter is combined and the flour has the size of small peas.

Take shortening and spoon into flour and pulse into the dough the same way you did with the butter. Do not let the mixture soften and begin to clump; it should remain dry and powdery.

Mix in ice water 1 Tablespoon at a time. Continue until balls of dough stick together. Remove dough from processor and divide in two. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight.

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