Perfect Pie Crust II


  • 4 cups unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup ice water


Place flour in a large bowl. Cut in shortening and butter until mixture is crumbly.

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In a separate bowl, mix together egg, sugar, salt, and lemon juice. Make a well in the center of flour mixture. Pour in all of egg mixture and half of ice water. Stir gently with a fork, adding more water as needed, just until mixture forms a ball.

Turn dough onto a floured surface and cut into 4 equal portions. Knead each piece briefly and shape into a disc. Chill 1 hour before rolling out.