Recipe: Flaky Pie Dough
If using this for the Apple Hand Pie recipe you will need to make two batches.
Enough dough for 6 hand pies or 1 (9- to 10-inch) single-crust pie, make two batches of this recipe for 12 hand pies 2 1/4 cups (9.6 ounces) flour
Generous 1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup cold shortening
1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 1/4 teaspoons cider vinegar
4 to 6 tablespoons ice water, more if needed
1. To make the dough by hand, whisk together the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl. Add the shortening and incorporate using a pastry cutter or fork (the dough will look like moist sand). Cut in the butter just until it is reduced to pea-size pieces. Sprinkle the vinegar and 4 tablespoons water over the mixture, and stir together until the ingredients are combined to form a dough. Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead a few times until it comes together in a single mass. If the dough is too crumbly and dry, gently work in additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time. Mold the dough into a disk roughly 6 to 8 inches in diameter. Cover the disk tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
Note: The recipe can easily be doubled to make 12 hand pies. If using a food processor, process one batch at a time, as most processors are not big enough to handle a double batch at once.
From Noelle Carter, the Los Angeles Times