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Basic Pie Pastry

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To make dough in food processor: In work bowl, combine flour, Sugar and salt and pulse to mix. Remove lid and scatter butter over flour mixture; replace lid. Pulse machine repeatedly in 4-second bursts until butter is broken into fine bits. Remove lid and add 3 tablespoons ice water. Replace lid and pulse several times until mixture is evenly dampened. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons water; pulse again until dough starts to form large crumbs that can be easily packed together.

To make dough by hand: In medium bowl, mix together flour, Sugar and salt. With pastry blender or two knives, cut in butter until mixture resembles small Peas. Add ice water about 1 1/2 tablespoons at a time, mixing, fluffing and compressing dough with fork until it adheres. (You may need to add slightly more water than stated when making dough by hand.)

Empty crumbs onto work surface and pack together like a snowball. Gently knead 2 or 3 times to distribute fat. Place dough on large sheet of plastic wrap and flatten into 3/4-inch-thick disk; smooth cracked edges. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 45 to 60 minutes before rolling out.

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