Plain Pastry

2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup shortening
5 to 6 tablespoons cold water

Sift together flour and salt; cut in shortening with pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Add cold water a little at a time, tossing with a fork until all the flour coated bits of shortening are dampened. Turn mixture out onto a square of wax paper or form a ball by pressing firmly. Chill pastry for easier handling. Yield: I dumplings recipe; 1 large or 2 medium potpies.

Pastry