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Pastry for Double Pie-Crust

Use this recipe from our Test Kitchen when you need pastry for a double-crust or lattice-topped pie.
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    Pastry for 1 double-crusted or lattice-topped pie (9 or 10 inches)


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 6 to 7 tablespoons cold water


  • In a bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until dough forms a ball. Divide dough in half so one ball is slightly larger than the other.
  • Roll out the larger ball to fit a 9-in. or 10-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry with even with edge of plate. Pour desired filling into crust.
  • Roll out second ball; cut slits in pastry. Position over filling. Trim pastry to 1 in. beyond edge of pie plate. Fold top crust over bottom crust. Flute edges. Bake according to recipe directions.

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  • Kathy
    Aug 7, 2020

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  • ebramkamp
    Oct 12, 2016

    My go to pie crust recipe. Sometimes I will change it up and swap out some of the shortening for the butter but this is an easy, flaky pie crust. I do make large disks when I divide my dough, wrap it up and chill for at least an hour before I roll it out.

  • CookingGalFriday
    Oct 29, 2015

    I was needing a pie crust recipe since I didn't have enough butter for my own pie crust recipe. This one is great and flaky. I did , however, want a buttery flavor so I split the shortening by using both buttery and regular shortening. Turned out perfect!

  • Uqaq
    Aug 21, 2015

    So easy to make.

  • mrs._white
    Oct 28, 2013

    I have NEVER liked making pie crust because I always thought it was such a pain! Well, I was wrong! This recipe was so quick and easy and rolling it out was even easier! I doubled the recipe since I was making a pot pie and an apple pie and I even had some left over!

  • gory
    Jul 11, 2012

    I like it

  • Sipycup22
    Dec 10, 2011

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  • sksand
    Oct 2, 2011

    Having never made a pie before, I used this recipe to make my first apple pie, and I love apple pie. It came out fantastic.

  • aperu01
    Sep 17, 2011

    I just made an apple pie and this crust recipe is the best! I used the Crisco butter stick shortening and the crust came out perfect. Everyone who had a slice complimented me on the crust.

  • cookingw/Deb
    Nov 24, 2010

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