All About Pie Crusts
Pie Crust Tips
Tips for Successful Pastries and Pie Crusts
Pie pastry gains its characteristic flakiness from careful handling. The ingredients are mixed just enough to hold together, but not so much as to break down the pieces of shortening (or other fat) entirely. In the oven, the water in the bits of shortening turns to steam, pushing up the floury dough and creating tender, flaky layers.
Pastry success depends upon accurate measurements.