Ready to up your baking skills? Here’s how to make a perfect pie crust that’s full proof and works with a variety of different recipes!

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The holidays are practically upon us, which means pie season is also here! Hooray!

There’s nothing in the world that can compare to homemade pie crust. Yes, it is a little bit more effort than say, buying a pre-formed pie crust or even one of those handy refrigerated roll-out crusts, but believe me when I tell you it is totally worth it. a.) it is much cheaper than all of the pre-made options and b.) it tastes so SO much better!

How To Make a Perfect Pie Crust (Our Best Tips + The Easiest Recipes Ever!)

Luckily for all of us, the process of making the flakiest and most delicious pie crust ON. THE. PLANET. is really not that hard. In fact, it only takes a few minutes. The secret is in making sure you have chilled your ingredients ahead of time. Do that and you’re golden.

Here is what you need:

2 1/2 cups flour, chilled

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

2 sticks butter, chilled

1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water

Step 1:  Again, the first thing you want to make sure you do is thoroughly chill all your ingredients! If you don’t store it there already, put your flour in your (very cold) refrigerator for several hours before making your dough. The colder everything is, the flakier (and more delicious) your crust will be!

Combine your flour, salt, sugar, and chilled butter in the food processor.

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Step 2: Next, combine your dry ingredients–flour, salt,& sugar–in your food processor and blend well. Cut your very chilled butter into small chunks, then add to flour mixture.

Pulse food processor until the mixture resembles course meal.

Step 3: Pulse food processor for 5 or so seconds until the mixture “resembles course meal.”

Slowly pour in ice cold water while food processor is running.

Step 4: Slowly pour in ICE COLD water while food processor is running.

Stop mixing once dough is chunky.

Step 5: As SOON as the dough starts to clump up, STOP pouring in more water. This will happen fast!

Separate dough into two equal parts.

Step 6: Separate dough into two equal parts. Flatten into discs & refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight.

Roll out dough to desired thickness using heavy rolling pin on a well-floured surface.

Step 7: Once dough has chilled, roll out to desired thickness using heavy rolling pin on a well-floured surface.

Place crust in pie plate and fill as desired.

Step 8: Place crust in pie plate & fill as desired. For this particular crust, I did a savory Vegetarian Quiche filling, but it works just as well for sweet pies as well! Enjoy!

This dough recipe works great for a vegetarian quiche.

Perfect Pie Crust

Step-by-step instructions for how to make the flakiest, most delicious, most completely perfect homemade pie crust every single time.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Perfect Pie Crust

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups flour chill for several hours before using
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 sticks very cold butter
  • 1/2 cup ice water

Instructions

  1. Before beginning, make sure your ingredients are well chilled. The colder everything is, the flakier (and more delicious) your crust will be!

  2. Next, combine your dry ingredients–flour, salt,& sugar–in your food processor and blend well. Cut your very chilled butter into small chunks, then add to flour mixture.

  3. Pulse food processor for 5 or so seconds until the mixture resembles course meal.

  4. VERY SLOWLY pour in your ICE COLD water while food processor is running.

  5. As SOON as the dough starts to clump up, STOP pouring in more water. This will happen fast! You do not need to use all the water--you may only end up using half, and this is okay.

  6. Separate dough into two equal parts. Flatten into discs & refrigerate for at least one hour or overnight

  7. Place crust in pie plate & fill as desired. 

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Ruth Soukup
Ruth Soukup is dedicated to helping people everywhere create a life they love by follwing their dreams and achieving their biggest goals. She is the host of the wildly popular Do It Scared podcast, as well as the founder of Living Well Spending Less® and Elite Blog Academy®. She is also the New York Times bestselling author of six books, including Do It Scared®: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Obstacles, and Create a Life You Love, which was the inspiration for this book. She lives in Florida with her husband Chuck, and 2 daughters Maggie & Annie.
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