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Pastry for Classic Single-Crust Pie Recipe

If you want to try your hand at making pie pastry from scratch, give this traditional recipe from our Test Kitchen a try.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:6-8 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons cold water


  • 1. In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Roll out to fit a 9-in. or 10-in pie plate.
  • 2. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry to 1/2 in. beyond the edge of plate; flute edges. Fill or bake shell according to recipe directions. Yield: 1 pastry shell (9 or 10 inches).

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 piece) equals 144 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 148 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.