2 c. flour
1 tsp. salt
3/4 c. shortening
6 tbsp ice water
1. In a large bowl, mix flour and salt. 2. With a fork, cut shortening into the flour and salt mixture until small, coarse crumbs form. 3. Add 6 tbs cold water, one at a time, mixing with one or two stirs after each is added so that the water is distributed evenly. You may have to add a tablespoon or two more of water if the dough doesn't hold together; it is also possible to need fewer than six (this will depend on the humidity in your kitchen). Tip: Too much water and too much mixing makes a tough crust. 4. Form two balls of dough to make two pie crusts. 5. Roll each ball out on a floured surface. 6. Place in glass pie baking dish, fill as desired, and bake according to filling recipe directions until crust is golden brown.
Note: Sprinkle granulated sugar onto the crust surface before baking for a sweet addition to your fruit pies. Try this crust with your favorite custard filling.