Pie Crust Recipe That’s Pretty Easy

Pie Crust Recipes might seem daunting, but they aren’t too difficult. I’ll take you through step-by-step in this one to show you how it’s done. This will cover making a bottom and a top crust, so, if you are just making a sweet potato or pumpkin pie, you can divide all the ingredients in half.

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What You’ll Need to Make This

What It IsNameWhere to Buy
CookwareLarge mixing bowlAmazon
CookwareKitchen scaleAmazon
CookwareSmall, Medium and Large Mixing BowlsAmazon
CookwareOxo Dough CutterAmazon
CookwareMeasuring spoons (at least 1 tablespoon)Amazon
CookwareMesh strainerAmazon
CookwareRolling pinAmazon
CookwareSaran wrapAmazon
CookwareMedium PlateAmazon
Ingredient8 ounces plain flourStore
Ingredient4 ounces of margarine or stick of butter (unsalted)Store
Ingredient2 ounces of Crisco (crust)Store
IngredientPinchStore
Ingredient5 tablespoons of cold water (for crust)Store

Let’s make this pie crust recipe. For the first step, get your kitchen scale out.

kitchen scale for pie crust recipe

The measurements need to be pretty precise, so I recommend doing it by weight instead of just using measuring cups. Grab a small or medium sized bowl next and put that on the scale.

small bowl

Once that’s on there, grab your bag of flour for the pie crust recipe.

flour

Measure out exactly 8 ounces of that in your bowl on the scale.

measuring flour for pie crust recipe

Here’s about half that:

flour in a mixing bowl

Once it’s full, grab a large mixing bowl.

large mixing bowl for pie crust recipe

Then, dump the flour into your large mixing bowl.

flour in large mixing bowl

Once you have that in there, get some shortening (I used Crisco). It’s basically fat that people use instead of butter or margarine. In our case, we’re using both for this pie crust recipe.

Crisco

Measure out 2 ounces of that on the kitchen scale. Again, remember, we’re aiming for precision .1 ounces or .2 ounces more aren’t the end of the world, though.

Crisco on kitchen scale for pie crust recipe

Once that’s done, dump the shortening in the large bowl for this pie crust recipe.

Crisco in large bowl

Next, grab a dough cutter. You won’t be using it for any dough at this point, but it can really help with the butter.

Oxo Dough Cutter for pie crust recipe

Once you have that out, grab a stick of butter.

stick of butter for pie crust recipe

Use the dough cutter to cut up the stick of butter into your large bowl of flour.

cutting up butter for pie crust recipe

You could also just use a butter knife to cut off little pieces of the butter one at a time into the flour. Either way, make sure the butter gets broken up into little pieces. Once that’s all in there, grab some salt.

salt for pie crust recipe

Throw a pinch of salt into the bowl for this pie crust recipe. Then, mix the dough up. You’ll probably need to do it by hand to really get the consistency you’ll be aiming for, which is having the dough be like peas or large breadcrumbs.

dough for pie crust recipe

Here’s what it should look like when you’re ready for the next step:

dough that looks like peas or large breadcrumbs for pie crust recipe

At this point, fill up a little bowl with ice cubes.

little bowl for ice water for pie crust recipe

When the little bowl is full, grab your measuring spoons for this pie crust recipe.

measuring spoons

Measure out five tablespoons of cold water into the little bowl of ice.

tablespoon to use to measure water for pie crust recipe

You don’t need a million ice cubes, but just enough to make sure the water gets really cold.

Dumping cold water over ice for pie crust recipe

Take that water in the little bowl and dump it into the large bowl with the dough. Do not let any ice fall in there.

pouring ice water into dough for pie crust recipe

Do that part of the pie crust recipe quickly so there isn’t too much extra water from melting ice. Then, work the dough around so the water gets mixed into all of it.

dough for pie crust recipe with water

Next, grab a mesh strainer.

mesh strainer

Take the mesh strainer and grab some flour, too.

flour for pie crust recipe

Put a handful of flour into the strainer and use that to spread it out on a clean work surface.

flour in mesh strainer

I had some trouble with it piling up in a few places. Just do your best to make it spread evenly.

spreading flour for pie crust recipe

Once that’s spread out, dump your dough on the surface for this part of the pie crust recipe.

dough on floured work surface for pie crust recipe

Roll the dough around a bit and then start rolling it out with a rolling pin.

rolling pin for pie crust recipe

Once you’ve rolled the dough around a lot, you should have a nice smooth ball. Take a butter knife and cut that ball of dough in half evenly.

dough ball for pie crust recipe

Press each half of the dough ball for this pie crust recipe into flat disks.

dough disks

Take those flat disks and wrap them in saran wrap. Place them on a medium-sized plate.

wrapping dough for pie crust recipe in saran wrap

Place that plate in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to a few days. You can also freeze it for about a month.

dough in fridge for pie crust recipe

When it’s ready to be paired with some filling, grab a pie plate and press it around until it’s covering the entire inside with the edges and everything.

pie crust in pie plate

Notecard Version of Pie Crust Recipe

1. Mix 8 ounces of flour, 4 ounces of unsalted butter, 2 ounces of Crisco (or any shortening), and a pinch of salt. Use a kitchen scale for accurate measurements. Add 5 ounces of ice water once the dough is the consistency of peas or large breadcrumbs.
2.Put dough on a floured surface and roll it around really well. Roll all of it into a smooth ball, then slice the ball in half. Flatten each half of dough. Put each dough disk in saran wrap and put them in the fridge for at least an hour or longer (up to a few days). You could also freeze it for up to a month.

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Bob Buckley

Bob Buckley writes about food and business.