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     Foolproof Pie Dough

Category   Desserts - Breads
Sub Category   None
Servings   one 9 double crust
Preptime   15 min

2 1/2 cups - unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp table salt
2 tbsp sugar
12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1/2 c cold vegetable shortening, cut into four pieces
1/4 c cold vodka
1/4 c cold water

Process 1 1/2 c flour, salt, and sugar in food processor until combined, about 2 one-second pulses. Add butter and shortening and process until homogeneous dough just starts to collect in uneven clumps, about 15 seconds. (Dough will resemble cottage cheese curds and there should be no uncoated flour.
Scrape bowl with rubber spatula and redistribute dough evenly around processor blade. Add remaining cup flour and pulse until mixture is evenly distributed around bowl and mass of dough has been broken up, 4 to 6 quick pulses. Empty mixture into medium bowl.
Sprinkle vodka and water over mixture. With rubber spatula, use folding motion to mis, pressing down on dough until dough is slightly tacky and sticks together. Divide dough into two even balls and flatten each into 4 in disk.
Wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 45 minutes or up to 2 days.

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