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The easy homemade pie crust recipe is made with just a few simple ingredients. This recipe makes a light and flakey crust is the perfect crust for any pie filling.
I grew up on pie for dessert. Pecan pie, pumpkin pie, coconut cream pie, peach cobbler, blackberry cobbler, and on it goes. There was always pie usually more than one on Sunday dinners and holidays.
So learning how to make pie crust was a certainty.
Sure there are premade pie shells and even refrigerated pie dough to roll out for a crust, but there is nothing as light, crispy, and flavorful as a homemade pie crust.
Step 1 Gather and measure ingredients.
Step 2 Mix flour and salt in a large bowl. Add shortening and butter cut into small pieces to flour.
Using a pastry blender cut the shortening and butter into the flour. Continue to press the shortening and butter into the flour until it forms large crumbs and all the flour is incorporated.
Step 3 Next using a fork. Sprinkle cold water over the flour crumbs, one tablespoon at a time. Stir with a fork after each addition. Add 3-4 tablespoons of water to the mixture until a dough starts to form.
Step 4 Using your hands continue to mix the dough until it forms a soft and pliable dough. The dough should not be sticky but should be easily formable and not stiff.
Step 5 Wrap dough in plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 15 to 30 minutes.
Step 1 Sprinkle flour on the counter. I like to use a silicone mat to make rolling easier. Sprinkle a small amount of flour on the dough and on the rolling pin. Starting in the center of the dough. Press and roll outward toward the edge of the dough.
Moving the rolling pin, roll outward in different directions. Continue to roll the dough until a round, thin dough is formed. The dough should be approximately 1/8 inch thick.
Step 2 Once the dough is formed, place the rolling pin at the edge of the dough and roll the dough on the pin.
Step 3 Spread a teaspoon of flour in the bottom of the deep-dish pie dish. Place a rolling pin at the edge of the pan and unroll dough over the dish.
Step 4 Press dough into the bottom and sides of the pie dish. Making sure there is roughly an even amount of dough overhanging the edge of the dish. Use a knife to cut off excess dough. Fold outside of dough under making a thick edge.
Step 5 Using your thumbs or a fork. Press dough into the edge of the pie dish.
Step 6 Refrigerate pie crust for 15 minutes prior to filling or baking. This will help prevent shrinkage during baking.
With Filling Add pie filling and bake. Directions will vary. Usually 450F for 15 minutes, then reducing the temperature to 350F for 45-50 minutes until crust edges are golden and filling is bubbly.
Without Filling Chill pastry until ready to bake. Prick the bottom of the crust with a fork. Bake at 450F for 10-12 minutes until golden brown.
When making a quiche or a pie with a liquid filling, it is a good idea to prebake the crust without pricking the bottom.
Once the crust is formed, place a piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the crust and fill it with uncooked beans or pie weights. Gently spread beans to the edges of the pie pan.
Bake at 375F for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven. Lift the parchment paper with beans and discard.
Pie Crust Tips
Making a homemade pie crust is easy, but there are a few techniques that are important to follow.
- Make sure that the butter and shortening are cold. Refrigerating shortening for 15 minutes prior to start is good on a hot day.
- If making a crust that will be baked prior to filling, prick the bottom with a fork. This will keep the surface of the crust flat.
- After the dough is formed in the pie dish, refrigerate for 15-30 minutes to prevent shrinkage.
- If making a 2 crust pie, simply double the recipe.