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Pennsylvania Dutch Cooking from AlansKitchen.comMakes 2 (8-inch shells)


  • 2 - cups flour
  • 3 - teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 - cup shortening
  • 5 - Tablespoons ice water


  1. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl with the salt. 
  2. Cut in the shortening by holding 2 knives in the hand like scissors. 
  3. Mix lightly, stirring with a fork while adding water. 
  4. Try to pour water on dry, floury parts of the mixture.
  5. Form into a ball with lightly floured hands. 
  6. Chill before using. 
  7. Roll out on floured board, lifting rolling pin instead of pushing, rolling always in one direction.

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