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Relish Photo If you can conquer the crust, you can create this Buttermilk Pecan Pie.

Pie Crust 101: Conquering a culinary nightmare

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The directions for making a pie crust sound ridiculously simple: "Combine flour and salt, cut in shortening, add water, and shape into a ball." But the reality is that making pastry can be tricky. Granted, it's not as complicated as boning a duck or making a swan out of spun sugar, but for many home cooks, alone in their kitchens, the process of transforming flour, shortening and water into a 9-inch pie crust is a culinary nightmare.

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