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Pastry for Single-Crust Pie

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


1 pastry shell (8 servings)

This is the recipe we use in the Test Kitchen when we test readers' pie recipes that don't include a specific recipe for the pastry. —Janet Briggs


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


  1. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt; cut in shortening until crumbly. Gradually add water, tossing with a fork until a ball forms. Roll out dough to fit a 9-in. or 10-in. pie plate.
  2. Transfer crust to pie plate. Trim crust to 1/2 in. beyond rim of pie plate; flute edge. Fill or bake crust according to recipe directions.

Nutrition Facts

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

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