Basic Pie Pastry Recipe

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This pastry is so easy! Try it anywhere you'd use a regular or deep dish pie crust. The savings will add up quickly!—Susan Westerfield, Albuquerque, New Mexico
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons lemon-lime soda, chilled

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 169 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 112mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (1g sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In a food processor, combine flour and salt. Add shortening; cover and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. While processing, gradually add soda until dough forms a ball. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  2. For two single crust pies, on a lightly floured surface, roll out half of the pastry to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Repeat with remaining pastry. Fill or bake according to recipe directions.
  3. For a double crust pie, divide dough in half so that one portion is slightly larger than the other. On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger portion to fit a 9-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1 in. beyond edge of plate. Add filling.
  4. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in pastry. Bake according to recipe directions. Yield: 2 pastry shells.
Editor’s Note: To make without a food processor, in a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in the shortening until crumbly. Gradually add soda, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Proceed as directed.
Originally published as Basic Pie Pastry in Simple & Delicious October/November 2010, p53

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