British Shortcrust Pie Pastry
Many British recipes call for shortcrust pastry. This makes a great alternative to pre-made crusts. Because it is so easy to make in batches, I make extra to freeze for later use. This pastry dough can also be kept in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
For a savory pie, you can add some salt and 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard. Or for a sweet pie, you can add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract.
You can use all butter in place of shortening, but not all shortening in place of butter.