Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Perfect Pie Crust


For a while now I've been slacking when I baked a pie by buying the crusts but I have not been pleased with them at all. So this last time I decided to make them myself. Really it's not that hard AND it doesn't take that long! And the quality of the homemade ones is not to be confused with the store bought ones! Think flaky, buttery, and delicious. My oldest son says pies are worth eating just because of the crusts. hmmm, I'm not sure I would go as far as to say that, but a good crust is a must in successful pie baking.

I used to use Crisco to make this crust but theres too much hydrogenation going on in that stuff, so now I use all butter. Definitely better flavor!

4 cups Flaky Pie Crust flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon sugar
¾ teaspoon baking powder
1-1/3 cups cold butter, grated
1 egg
½ cold water
1 Tablespoon Vinegar

In a stand mixer bowl, mix the dry ingredients, then grate the cold butter into the bowl.

 (I like to roll the stick of butter in the flour so it's easier to hold. I also like to work the gratings into the flour periodically so theres not a big clump of butter stuck together when I'm finished.)

 Cut in butter with a pastry cutter until it resembles small pea sized crumbs.

little hands, happy helper☺

 In a separate bowl combine water, vinegar, and egg.

 Beat together.

Using paddle attachment, turn mixer to medum-low and slowly pour liquid into flour mixture

 and mix only until no dry ingredients remain. I learned this trick from my sister Becky. I always had trouble with either overwoking it or unevenly mixed dough. But with this method it gets right for me every time.

 This is important! Overworked pie dough will be elastic-y and will shrink when baked without a filling.

This dough will still be kind of wet so I use a fair amount of flour on the surface when rolling it out.

Take 12 ounces of dough and form into a ball, roll into flour on rolling surface,

 and pat into a flattened circle. With a rolling pin roll evenly into a 5 inch circle starting at the center of the circle rolling out towards the edge. Working your way around the circle always starting at the center

When it is half the size I want it to be (10 inches) I like to flip it around, making sure theres enough flour underneath to prevent sticking.

Continue rolling till you have a 10 inch circle.

Loosen the edges and underneath with a sharp metal spatula,

 fold in half

and transfer to a 9 inch pie plate (I use deep pie plates).

 Unfold and fit into the corners without stretching it.

Using a kitchen scissors cut off excess overhanging dough, leaving about a half inch hanging down. I like to tuck the extra in behind the crust to give it a nice sturdy edge. Then crimp the edges.

If you are using the crust for an unbaked filling prick with a fork on the bottom and around the sides. This also prevents shrinking.

 Bake at 375° for 15 to 20 minutes.

There it is, flaky, buttery, delicious and ready for filling! I filled 2 big ones and 1 small one with fresh strawberry filling and they were gone in a flash! Yum!!

This recipe makes 4 large and 1 tiny crusts and they freeze well for later use. I usually freeze them unbaked without the fork pricks in them so that I have options when I go to use them. I like to have options, don't you?☺

Linking to:
Two Maids a Baking
Monday, MMM Desserts
Made It Monday
Brambleberry Cottage
Wicked Awesome Wednesday
Whisking Wednesday
Home Sweet Home
Foodie Friday
Be Blessed!


  1. Ohhh... this would be great too!! Can't beat a good pie crust!!

  2. I completely agree with you. The quality of the crust makes all the difference, and these days we're very hard-pressed to find a decent commercial pie crust. Thank you for sharing your recipe at Joy of Desserts. (Hooray for butter.)

  3. That does look like the perfect crust. Great recipe.

  4. What a great recipe. Your instructions are perfect! Stopping by from Made it on Monday!

  5. Hubby wants to know when I will be old enough to make pie crust. I've always told him in 10 years. Well I'm 55, I think I better get busy!
    Your crust looks like I can do it--I like that it is made with all butter. I think that is what I didn't like about pie dough--I saw my mother use mounds of Crisco. Even at a young age i knew it couldn't be good for you. I trust cows more than chemists!
    Thanks, I'm going to try it, today.

  6. great recipe, I've always been afraid to make my own pie crust!

  7. This is the best pie crust. They do have a great flavor. I love how you grated the butter, that would mix in really well. Smart idea. Thanks for linking it up!

  8. I'm featuring your recipe for Monday's post. :-)

  9. Thank you for linking up to Whisking Wednesdays last week. I'd love it if you'd pop in and link up another recipe or two this week. Hope to see you there!