My Favorite Pie Crust Recipe

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This easy pie crust recipe is flaky, buttery and makes the best pies ever! Anyone can make it thanks to the simple and straightforward recipe!

To me, pie season is all year long, so I know this amazing pie crust recipe will come in handy for you, whether you’re making pumpkin pie for the holidays, apple pie in the summer, or any other variation your family loves.

fat and flour mixed together for pie crust

My Favorite Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

This isn’t your ordinary pie crust recipe! It’s — dare I say — perfect in every way. Yep, I said it! And I am a pie aficionado over here, so I’ve tasted, tested, and created my fair share of pie crusts over the years. And I have to say, I think the true game changer is in using shortening. I know, I know, it’s not really what you’d call the healthiest of ingredients, but it totally transforms the pie crust from so-so to a buttery, flaky, and rich beauty. And all fingers point to shortening.

My philosophy? If it works, work it. Shortening is one of those ingredients I use sparingly, but I can’t lie — it adds some serious flavor and texture support (especially if you use butter flavored — pro tip) to whatever it’s in. So, embrace a little shortening from time to time, I say, and enjoy this lovely pie crust that’s amazing in all sorts of circular pastry varieties, including pumpkin, berry, apple, rhubarb, chicken pot, and beyond.

I use both butter and shortening in pie crust, here’s why:

Butter gives you that great crispy crust with lots of flavor and lots of flaky layers. All-butter crust tend to shrink when cooked, not hold their shape well (like if you are doing fancy edging, lattice work, or cut-out shapes on top of the pie). That’s why adding shortening AND butter is the best because the shortening adds stability. It makes for a crust that holds together, is easy to roll and work with, and holds is shape when baked. Wondering what shortening is shortening? My friend Rose explains it well.

rolled out pie crust in pie tin

How do you keep the bottom of a pie from getting soggy?

Soggy bottoms are no fun no matter how you slice it. You can try blind baking your crust (or pre-baking it for a few minutes to crisp it up before adding fillings), brushing it with egg to create a moisture barrier, or baking your pie on a hot baking sheet so the crust sets quicker as it bakes.

What can I do to fix crumbly pie crust?

If your pie crust is crumbly, it means it’s probably too dry. You can add moisture to the dough to moisten it will help; just sprinkle a little ice-cold water into the dough a teaspoon at a time — you won’t need much — to make it more cohesive.

How do you seal a pie crust?

If your pie calls for a double pie crust — a top and a bottom — you can seal the two parts together by dipping your fingers in a bit of water and running them along the top edge of the crust where the top will touch it. Then by pinching the edges into a crimped look using your thumb and forefinger, all the way around the parameter of the pie. Cut away any remaining dough piece, and slice vents into the top crust so the pie can breathe as it bakes.

How long does pie crust dough last for?

You can store this pie crust in the fridge, wrapped tightly in plastic wrap, for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let it thaw in the fridge overnight after it’s been frozen.

pie crust dough in pan with apples in, ready for a top and baking

Looks at those gorgeous chunks of butter in that crust waiting to be rolled thin to make flaky layers!

pie crust dough with chunks of butter

 

How to make pie crust:

  1. Measure the flour by scooping it in your measuring cup and leaving off the top with the back side of the butter knife.
  2. Add the flour, salt, and shortening to a medium bowl.
  3. Cut the butter into thin pieces, or you can grate it with the large holes of your cheese grater, and add to the flour.
  4. Press fat into flour until you have pieces of the fat mixed in with chunks about the size of peas remaining.
  5. Add the cold water all at once, and stir to combine.
  6. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and use your hands to collect it all into one ball.
  7. Cut the ball in half, and flatten each half into a disc.
  8. Wrap each disc tightly with plastic wrap.
  9. Store in the fridge for 30 minutes before using.
  10. Roll and use in your favorite pie recipes.

steps 1-6 on how to make a pie crust

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My Favorite Homemade Pie Crust Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 double pie crust or 2 single pie crusts 1x

Description

This perfect pie crust recipe is flaky and buttery with the best consistency ever, and anyone can make it with ease thanks to the simple and straightforward recipe!


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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening
  • 6 tablespoons cold butter
  • 1/2 cup ice-cold water

Instructions

  1. Measure the flour by scooping it in your measuring cup, and leaving off the top with the back side of a butter knife. This will help ensure that you aren’t using too much flour.
  2. Place flour and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  3. Add the shortening to the bowl.
  4. Cut the butter into thin pieces, or you can grate it with the large holes of your cheese grater, and add to the flour.
  5. Use a pastry blender or a fork to combine the flour, butter, and shortening. Press until you have pieces of the fat mixed in with chunks about the size of peas remaining.
  6. Add the cold water all at once, and stir to combine.
  7. The dough will come together nicely.
  8. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and use your hands to collect it all into one ball.
  9. Cut the ball in half, and flatten each half into a disc.
  10. Wrap each disc tightly with plastic wrap.
  11. Store in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before using, or up to 3 days, or store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Let the dough thaw overnight in the fridge before using.
  12. Roll and use in your favorite pie recipes.
  13. Makes a double pie crust (a top and bottom) or enough for 2 bottoms (like 2 pumpkin pies that don’t need a top).

Notes

  • I like to use butter-flavored shortening.
  • To get ice-cold water, I’ll fill a cup with water and ice, and then I’ll just pour it into my measuring cup when ready, avoiding letting ice cubes get into the measured water.
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pie, pie recipe, pie crust, homemade pie crust, pie crust recipe, easy pie crust recipe, best pie crust recipe, shortening in pie crust, butter in pie crust

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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