A good, tender, flaky pie crust is a wonderful thing. Thankfully it's easy, even for a double crust pie.
Perfect for Poached Pear Pie
Step 1: Gather Tools and Ingredients
2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 sticks cold butter, cut into small chunks
or replace 2-4 tablespoons butter with lard or shortening
1/4 cup cold vodka1 (or other alcohol 80-proof or higher - it will all cook off)
food processor with chopping blade
And, of course, the pie filling of your choice.
1The vodka allows you to work the dough just like you'd used ice water, but all the alcohol evaporates in the oven leaving a better-textured crust. There's less gluten aggregation, so your pie crust will be more tender.