braided pie crust is a martha stewart favorite and an easy, eye-catching finishing touch. cut long, thick strips of dough and braid them together. brush the edge of the crust or the bottom of the braids with water, then secure.
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.