Learning how to make pastry dough in a food processor will help you create a perfect, flaky pie crust EVERY TIME. This foolproof method keeps your warm hands away from the dough and helps to prevent overworking it, which can cause pie crust to be tough.
Add the flours and salt to the bowl of a food processor and combine by pulsing 3 times.
Place cubed butter into the processor and combine with flour by pulsing 5-6 times.
Add shortening and pulse 5-6 times.
Add cold water and cider vinegar slowly while pulsing. Mix until it is almost incorporated into a ball.
Chill for 30 minutes (if necessary), then cut into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other (you’ll use the larger piece for the bottom crust). Roll out the dough on a floured surface and place into a pie plate.
This recipe makes enough pastry dough for one double-crust, 9-inch pie.
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