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Since I'm doing some Thanksgiving baking (apple pie!) I figured I'd put my favorite pie crust recipe (for sweet pies anyway) up for anyone interested.

2 c all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c unsalted butter, chilled
1/4 c shortening, chilled
5 Tbsp ice water

Place flour in a bowl with the sugar and salt. Cut the butter and shortening into pieces, and cut into the flour until crumbly. Mix in vanilla. Add just enough water to form a ball: it should not be sticky. Knead quickly into a smooth ball. Wrap in plastic wrap (or toss in a ziplock like I do), and chill for 1 hour.

When ready to make pie, work quickly. Do not let sit out, or handle excessively as the butter and shortening will soften and you will curse me in the most vile language as you try to get the crust to behave.

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