5 Out-of-This-World Pie Recipes

By Tara Bench

With ingredients like salted caramel and pretzels -- even bacon -- our amazing recipes take this classic dessert to a whole new level.

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Perfect Piecrust

Some of our pie recipes will refer to this crust recipe, so use it as your perfect go-to each time.

Total: 15 minutes

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces
1/4 cup chilled shortening
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1/2 cup very cold water

1. In a food processor pulse together flour, salt, and sugar. Add butter and shortening. Pulse 8 to 10 times or until mixture resembles coarse crumbs and some of the butter is pea-size. (Alternately, combine in a bowl using a pastry blender or a fork.)

2. Combine vinegar with cold water. While pulsing crumb mixture in processor, drizzle in just enough water mixture to form dough, 1/3 to 1/2 cup. (Dough will hold together when you pinch it.) Halve dough, wrap in plastic wrap, and press into disks. Chill for 1 hour or until ready to use. May be frozen for up to 2 months. Makes 2 single crusts.

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