This Pie Crust Recipe is simple, comes together quickly and is the great base for any great pie. Made with butter, flour and a few other ingredients, the flakey texture is exactly what everyone looks for in a great Homemade Pie Crust Recipe.
Pie Crust Recipe
A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of making a pie crust from scratch. Why put in the effort and risk having a dry, sad, or crumbly pie crust when you can simply stop by the cold section of the grocery store and buy it premade? I’ll tell you why- because it’s AMAZING!
Making homemade pie crust is easy when you learn the biggest trick- to keep the surface well-floured and the ingredients cold. The colder your butter or shortening remains, the less messy and more flakey your pie crust will be. And we all know that the flakey pie crust is incredible.
If you’d like to enjoy a sweeter pie crust, check out my sugar cookie pie crust that’s perfect for your sweet dessert pies!
What are the ingredients for this Easy Pie Crust?
- Cold butter
- Ice water
For making pie crust, you have to use a fatty ingredient like shortening or butter. Pick your favorite option or a combination of the two. Using some shortening gives your pie crust a stability that you otherwise wouldn’t get with only butter. This allows you to have a lattice top on your pie that doesn’t just melt together. Check out the exact amounts and the steps in the recipe card below!
How to make Pie Crust
In a food processor, place your butter, shortening, flour, salt, and sugar and push the pulse button until the butter is evenly distributed. Slowly pulse in 4 tbsp of cold ice water.
Dump it out onto a floured surface.Your dough will look shaggy, but it will come together as you knead it by hand.
Wrap your dough in plastic wrap and place it in the fridge for about 30 minutes before rolling out.
When rolling out your pie crust, it helps to roll it out on to a parchment paper.
Starting from the center of the dough pile and working the rolling pin away from yourself, turn the parchment paper after each roll. This helps to get you a nice circle shape instead of a rectangle.
When your dough has been rolled out enough, place the pie plate upside down on the pie crust and slip your hand under the parchment paper and then flip the pie plate over, bringing the crust with it.
Gently remove the parchment paper and trim your crust. Crimp your edges and then bake the crust at 325 for 15 minutes if your recipe requires a pre-baked pie crust.
What can I do with crumbly pie crust?
If while you’re making your pie crust, you notice that it is too crumbly, you can fix it before it’s too late!
Crumbly pie crust is often the result of a dry pie crust. While this recipe states an amount of liquid to use, different situations and environments may cause the need to add more or less liquid to your pie crust.
If your crust is crumbly, add in a little more water, a teaspoon at a time, kneading after each addition to help distribute. If your dough is too wet, add in a little more flour.
Do you have to chill the Pie Crust Recipe?
While you don’t have to chill the pie crust, allowing it to have that time to rest helps to relax the ingredients for a softer crust. If you’re in a rush and don’t mind a slightly tougher pie crust, you can simply use colder ingredients and make the pie crust without chilling the dough.
Do you need to use a food processor to make a pie crust?
Using a food processor is an easy way to make crusts, but you can do it by hand or with a pastry cutter if you don’t have one of these appliances handy.
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Homemade Pie Crust
- 3/4 cup cold butter
- 1/4 cup shortening
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 4 tbsp ice water
- In a food processor, pulse the butter, shortening, flour, salt and sugar until the butter is distributed evenly.
- Slowly add in the 4 tbsp of ice water. The dough will be shaggy.
- Dump out onto the counter and knead by hand until the dough comes together.
- Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes before rolling out.
- When rolling it out, roll out on parchment paper. Start in the center and roll away from you, turning the parchment paper after each roll. This helps to roll the pie crust into a circle instead of a rectangle.
- When the dough has been rolled out enough, place the pie plate upside down on the pie crust. Slip your hand under the parchment paper and then flip the pie plate over, bringing the crust with it.
- Gently remove the parchment paper, trim and crimp the edges.
- Bake at 325° for 15 minutes to pre-bake the pie crust, if that is what is needed for your pie recipe.