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  Added: May 22, 2006  •  Visited (602)  •  Print version Print this recipe (41)  •  eMail recipe eMail recipe  •  Write review  •  Not rated Rate this recipe
Short - Crust Pastry
What You Need:
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into ¼ -inch bits
  • 2 tablespoons lard, chilled and cut into ¼ -inch bits
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 or 4 tablespoons ice water

  • How To Cook:
    1. In a large, chilled bowl, combine the chilled butter, lard, flour and sugar. With your fingertips rub the flour and fat together until they look like flakes of coarse meal. Do not let the mixture become oily.

    2. Pour 3 tablespoons of ice water over the mixture all at once, toss together lightly, and gather the dough into a ball. If the dough crumbles, add up to 1 tablespoon more ice water by drops until the particles adhere. Dust the dough with a little flour and wrap it in wax paper. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using.

    3. To prepare the pie shell, spread 1 tablespoon of softened butter evenly over the bottom and sides of a 10-inch pie tin with a pastry brush. On a lightly floured surface, pat the dough into a rough circle about 1 inch thick. Dust a little flour over and under it and roll it out, from the center to within 1 inch of the far edge.

    4. Lift the dough and turn it clockwise about 2 inches; roll again from the center to within an inch or so of the far edge. Repeat lifting, turning, rolling-until the circle is about 1/8 inch thick and 14 inches in diameter. If the dough sticks to the board or table, lift it gently with a metal spatula and sprinkle a little flour under it.

    5. Drape the dough over the rolling pin, lift it up and unroll it slackly over the buttered pie tin. Gently press the dough into the bottom and around the sides of the pan, being careful not to stretch it. With a pair of scissors, cut off the excess dough from the edges leaving a 1 inch overhang all around the outside rim. Chill for 1 hour.

    6. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spread a sheet of buttered aluminum foil across the pie tin and press it gently against the dough on the bottom and around the edges to support the sides of the pastry as it bakes.

    7. Bake on the middle shelf of the oven for 10 minutes, and then remove the foil. Prick the pastry with the point of a small knife where it has puffed up while baking. Then return it to the oven for 10 minutes, or until it begins to brown. Remove it from the oven and let it cool.

    To Make: one 10-inch pie shell
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    Cuisine » Asia » Hawaii
    Main Ingredient » Grains & Cereals » Flour
    Main Ingredient » Dairy » Butter
    Main Ingredient » Meat & Poultry » Lard & Fat
    Dish » Pie & Tart


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