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Pie Dough

Makes 1 double crust or 2 single crust 9 to 10 inch pie

2 1/2


cups all-purpose flour




teaspoon salt




teaspoon sugar




cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces


1/4 to 1/2


cup ice water




1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter, and process until the mixture resembles coarse meal, 8 to 10 seconds.


2. With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream through feed tube. Pulse until dough holds together without being wet or sticky; be careful not to process more than 30 seconds. To test, squeeze a small amount together: If it is crumbly, add more ice water, 1 tablespoon at a time.


3. Divide dough into two equal balls. Flatten each ball into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Transfer to the refrigerator, and chill at least 1 hour. Dough may be stored, frozen, up to 1 month.