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Flaky Pie Dough

For a one crust pie

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

¼ t salt

1/8 t baking powder

8 T (1 stick) cold unsalted butter

2-3 T cold water

Combine the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Cut the butter into 1 Tablespoon sized pieces and toss with the dry ingredients to coat. Using your hands or a pastry blender, rub the butter into the flour and break up until the mixture resembles course-ground cornmeal. Sprinkle in 2 Tablespoons cold water and stir with a fork until the dough begins to hold together. If it is too dry add a little bit more water at a time, until the dough holds together easily.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a disk. Sandwich the disk between two pieces of plastic wrap and press into a 6 inch circle. Refrigerate until firm, at least an hour.

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