Pie dough freaks some people out, but when you have the right ratios of fat to flour and know how much to mix it, there’s nothing to fear. It’s quite simple, really!
Here is everything you’ll need to make perfect pie crust:
Cold butter, cold shortening, flour, salt, and water. That’s it!
I like to use a mixture of butter and vegetable shortening in my pie dough. Why? It’s similar to Wilton’s Buttercream Icing recipe which uses a combination of these 2 fats for delicious flavor with added stability against melting. The butter in my pie dough is going to give amazing flavor to my crust, but it melts at a lower temperature than shortening. The shortening will help with the flakiness of my crust because it will take longer to melt in the oven. The longer the melting takes, the more steam the fat will give off, and that steam is what pushes the dough apart, leaving behind flaky layers of pastry. So good!