This recipe for tart dough is used in a majority of the recipes in my copy of Martha Stewart’s Pies and Tarts. Ingredients: 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon granulated sugar 1 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water Instructions: Put flour, salt, and…

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This pie dough is a sweet dough, which is great for tarts.  It has a lot of butter, so it’s harder to handle than all-purpose doughs. Ingredients: 1/2 lb. unsalted butter, softened 1/2 cup sugar 2 egg yolks 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour pinch of salt Instructions: In a medium bowl,…

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This is Matt’s grandmother Eleanor’s pie dough recipe. Ingredients: 3 cups flour 1 cup shortening 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup ice cold water Instructions: Cut shortening into flour and salt. Gradually add water until blended. *Makes 3 single crusts.

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This is the pie dough recipe I use.  I find that it is much flakier if you are willing to use real lard instead of Crisco.  You can purchase lard in buckets and sticks at most large groceries.  Don’t be concerned if you use your own lard and it has a bacony smell, this bakes…

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