- Recipe created by FabFood on Jul 23, 2007
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- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 cup cold water
- Makes an 11" pie crust, or 8 small individual tarts
- Measure flour sugar and salt into a bowl. Cut in shortening thoroughly with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- In a small bowl, stir egg yolk and water together. Pour this mixture into the flour/butter mixture and mix until a ball of dough forms. Shape the dough into a disc and refrigerate at least an hour before rolling out.
- Refrigerate or freeze for about 10 minutes after rolling and before baking.
- For a baked crust that will be filled later, line the shell with foil and use pie weights or dried beans to keep dough in pan and bake at 375°F. for about 20 minutes. Remove foil and weights and bake an additional 7 or 8 minutes or until lightly browned.