Pie Crust Basics

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

This week's tip is Pie Crust.
For some people making homemade pie crust is a scary process.  It was for me also until a few years ago when I decided I was going to conquer my fears and learn to make homemade pie crust.  I found a great video on line and actually set up my computer on the kitchen counter and worked right alongside the video and my pie crust came out terrific...the very first time.

Here are step by step instructions with photos for you to see how easy it is to make your own pie crust. 

Add the shortening to the flour and salt.

Using a pastry cutter work the shortening into the flour.

Combine until it looks like cornmeal.

Begin with ONE TBS., slowly incorporate the water into the flour and shortening mixture.
See it beginning to clump.

Keep adding the water ONE TBS. at a time until it begins to form a ball.  The dough will begin to form a ball and pull away from the sides of the bowl.  If it doesn't,  you need to add more water.


Yes,  a nice ball of pie crust.  Flatten out the ball into a disc shape and wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use.  You can also freeze the pie crust at this point.

 Place the disc of pie dough onto a well floured board and begin to roll out.

The pie crust rolled out beautifully and EASY.

Pie Crust
Note:  This recipe makes one pie crust.

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening or butter
  • Ice cold water, about 3 - 4 TBS

Combine the flour and salt together.
Using a pastry blender or two forks combine the shortening into the flour until it looks like cornmeal.
Using a fork, add the water one tablespoon at a time and incorporate the water into the flour/shortening mixture.
Keep adding the water, one tablespoon at a time, and keep stirring until the dough begins to come together, pulling away from the sides of the bowl and forming a ball of dough.
Remove the ball of dough from your bowl and shape it into a flat disc.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour before using.   

Use your homemade pie crust to make delicious pies for your family this Thanksgiving 
or try these yummy Mini Pumpkin Pies...

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I hope you try to make your own pie crust.  It really is easy and the taste is delicious! 
Don't forget to check out my post on how to make your pies look fancy HERE...

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  1. I can't eat wheat, but I still love making a crust like that. There is something so therapeutic about feeling the dough, rolling it out, turning it, placing it in the pan, crimping the edges, etc. etc. I love it - and still do it. I just don't eat it. :-) There is no GF crust that has the same elasticity and feel of a real pie crust.

  2. I used to make homemade pies when my kids were young. This post has inspired me to try again.

  3. We have the same cutting board. I was in your boat and finally discovered how to make silky smooth, easy to roll crust. You must have patience galore, I do mine in a food processor with great results.

  4. A great pie crust tutorial, it looks awesome! Hope you are having a great day and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

  5. G'day! Always great hints and tip Lois provided from you!
    All greatly appreciated and bookmarked too!
    Cheers! Joanne

  6. YUM! I'm glad I found this post before I attempt making pie for Thanksgiving!

  7. As an experienced pie maker, but with a husband who loves them, I needed this. :)