Chuck's Triple Berry Pie With Cardamom Crust: Pushing Daisies
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup frozen vegetable shortening, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 5 tablespoons (or more) ice water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Blend flour, sugar and salt in processor.
  2. Add butter and shortening and cut in using on/off turns until mixture resembles coarse meal.
  3. Mix 5 tablespoons ice water and vanilla in small bowl; add to processor and blend using on/off turns until mixture begins to form moist clumps, adding more ice water by teaspoonfuls if dough is dry.
  4. Gather dough into 2 balls. Flatten each into disk; wrap each in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour. (Can be prepared 2 days ahead. Keep refrigerated.
  5. Soften dough slightly at room temperature before rolling out.)
  6. FOR A PRE-BAKED PIE CRUST: Line the pie dish with crust; crimp edges and bake at 375 degrees F. until golden and baked through and piercing crust in a few places with fork if crust bubbles, about 30 minutes.
  7. Cool and then fill with your choice of already prepared fillings, such as mousses, cream fillings, or lemon curd.