Fabulous Freelancer Foodie Recipe: Dough for Turnovers and Other Assorted Pastries

Whether it’s for turnovers, pies, or other kinds of pastries, this dough recipe is a keeper!


  • 2 cups of flour (King Arthur is preferable, although Gold Medal can also be used)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, of Crisco shortening
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons of water


  1. Measure the flour and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  2. Thoroughly cut in the Crisco shortening.
  3. Sprinkle in the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing until all the flour is moistened and the dough almost cleans the side of the bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons of water can be added if necessary).
  4. Gather the dough into a ball, and shape it into a flattened round on a lightly floured board.
  5. With a floured stockinet-covered rolling pin, roll the dough flat to the required consistency of the pastry being made.

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