¼cupchilled solid vegetable shortening (crisco)cut into 4 pieces
Add 1 cup all purpose flour, ½ tsp kosher salt, and 1 tablespoon sugar to the bowl of a food processor and pulse 4-5 times to mix.
Add the cold butter cubes and shortening cubes, process for about 15 seconds. Clumps will start to form and it will look like cottage cheese, but will still be really loose and crumbly.
Pour in the remaining ¼ cup of flour and pulse another 5 times. (it will still be crumbly)
Pour the mixture into a large bowl. Sprinkle the cold water and cold vodka over the dough. Start to fold and mix JUST until it comes together. It will be sticky and wet. Form into a disk, use right away or wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
Can be refrigerated up to 2 days.
Using the Dough
The dough can be used right after being made, however it will be easier to roll out if you can refrigerate it for 20-30 minutes before using.
Place on a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to the size the recipe calls for. Bake according to the pie/recipe you are using.
You can freeze your prepared pie dough! Simply wrap the dough disk in plastic wrap, then in foil, and place in a freezer safe baggie. It can be kept frozen for up to 6 months. When you are ready to use the dough, thaw in the fridge overnight.