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Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

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Skip the store-bought pie crust, it’s so easy to make your own and it tastes amazing! This homemade pie crust recipe is simple to make and is perfect for all of your pie needs!

The pie crust part baked and ready to use.

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This homemade pie crust is perfect for all of your dessert needs, and it’s my go to for Thanksgiving and the holiday season.

Made with simple ingredients, this pie crust is perfect for make ahead desserts and is freezer friendly. Fill it with your favorite pie fillings like pumpkin, sweet potato, cherry or apple.

For more delicious desserts, be sure to check out my Southern Sweet Potato Pie and Chess Pie.

How to make this homemade pie crust recipe

  • Gather your ingredients.
Ingredients needed to make the pie crust.
  • Place flour and salt in the base of a food processor. Pulse until mixed through.
Flour and salt in a food processor.
  • Add butter and shortening.
Butter squares added to the flour.
  • Pulse until butter and shortening is cut into pieces into the flour.
  • Add 8 Tbsp of water and pulse until the dough starts to pull away from the walls of the food processor. If the dough appears too dry and crumbly, add more water, about ½ Tbsp at a time.
The butter being mixed into the flour.
  • The dough should be able to smoosh together between your fingers.
A hand holding a piece of the pie dough.
  • Remove dough and place onto a floured surface.
The dough on a floured work surface.
  • Use your hands and form dough into a ball, then cut the ball into two separate pieces. Flatten the pieces into two separate disks.
The dough formed into two balls.
  • Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 45 minutes or up to 3 days.
  • Remove disk from fridge and allow to sit for around 5 minutes, or until the dough is warm enough to roll out.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and roll the dough until it’s about ⅛ inch thick and long enough to extend about 1-2 inches beyond your pie plate. Rotate the dough while rolling it out to ensure it doesn’t stick to the board.
A pie dish on top of the rolled out dough.
  • Roll the dough over your rolling pin and lay it on the pie plate.
The dough being rolled over a rolling pin.
  • Adjust the pie dough so that it fits in your pie plate but do not stretch it to fit.
Laing the dough over the pie dish.
Trimming the excess dough away from the pie tin.

I often parbake my crust because I love making custard pies, like sweet potato pie and chess pie.

To Partially Bake the Crust

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. After placing the pie in the pie plate, dock the inside of the pie crust all over with a fork. Place the pie crust in the freezer for 10 minutes. Place pie crust on a baking sheet and lay foil paper in the middle of the pie crust, making sure it covers the entire pie crust.
  • Fill the inside with white sugar, pie weights, or beans until the inside is full and the foil paper is laying along the sides of the pie. If using sugar, feel free to reuse it over and over again and store in an airtight container. If using beans, discard them after baking.
Foil laid over the pie dough.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes. Remove foil paper and pie weights and continue baking for 8-10 minutes to bake the bottom. Remove from the oven.
The part baked pie crust on a metal baking sheet.

Can you make it ahead of time?

You can make the dough for this pie crust up to 3 days ahead of time and keep it wrapped in plastic in the fridge. You can also roll out the dough and place it in the pie dish and it will keep covered for up to 5 days.

Can you freeze it?

You can freeze the homemade pie crust either part baked or un baked.

Unbaked: Cover the tin with plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag. It will keep well for up to 3 months. You can bake the crust straight out of the freezer.

Baked: Baked pie crusts will keep well in the freezer for up to 6 months. Let the cool completely before wrapping and storing. Again, you can just add your filling and bake from frozen.

Do you need to use shortening?

I like to use a mixture of shortening and butter in my pie crust. The butter gives it a nice rich flavor and the shortening gives a more tender and flakey crust. You can use all butter or all shortening, but I think some of both is the best way forward.

Recipe Notes and Tips

  • How small you cut the pieces of butter into the pie dough will depend on how you plan on using the pie dough. For top crust and really flaky pie dough, cut the butter and shortening into the size of peas. For custard pies that need a pre-baked crust, such as sweet potato pie or chess pie, cut the butter smaller, until it resembles coarse cornmeal. This is known as making a mealy pie dough.
  • I place all my cut butter and shortening in the freezer for about an hour before I start to bake the pie. It ensures all my pie crust stays nice and cold in the food processor.
The sides of the dough crimped.

More Dessert Recipes

Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

Skip the store bought pie crust, it's so easy to make your own and it tastes amazing! this homemade pie crust recipe is simple to make and is perfect for all of your pie needs!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy pie crust recipe, homemade pie crust recipe, how to make a pie crust
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 399kcal
Author Tanya

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter cut into pieces and cold
  • cup shortening cut into pieces and cold
  • 8-10 Tbsp ice cold water

Instructions

  • Place flour and salt in the base of a food processor. Pulse until mixed through. Add butter and shortening and pulse until butter and shortening is cut into pieces into the flour.*
  • Add 8 Tbsp of water and pulse until the dough starts to pull away from the walls of the food processor. If the dough appears too dry and crumbly, add more water, about ½ Tbsp at a time. The dough should be able to smoosh together between your fingers.
  • Remove dough and place onto a floured surface. Use your hands and form dough into a ball, then cut the ball into two separate pieces. Flatten the pieces into two separate disks.
  • Wrap the disk in plastic wrap and place in the fridge for at least 45 minutes or up to 3 days.
  • Remove disk from fridge and allow to sit for around 5 minutes, or until the dough is warm enough to roll out.
  • Place the dough on a floured surface and roll the dough until it’s about ⅛ inch thick and long enough to extend about 1-2 inches beyond your pie plate. Rotate the dough while rolling it out to ensure it doesn’t stick to the board.
  • Roll the dough over your rolling pin and lay it on the pie plate. Adjust the pie dough so that it fits in your pie plate but do not stretch it to fit.
  • To decorate the sides, trim or tuck under any excess dough and use your fingers or a fork to crimp the sides. Use crust as instructed in your recipe.
  • To Partially Bake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. After placing the pie in the pie plate, dock the inside of the pie crust all over with a fork. Place the pie crust in the freezer for 10 minutes. Place pie crust on a baking sheet and lay foil paper in the middle of the pie crust, making sure it covers the entire pie crust. Fill the inside with white sugar, pie weights, or beans until the inside is full and the foil paper is laying along the sides of the pie. Bake in a preheated oven for 15-17 minutes. Remove foil paper and pie weights and continue baking for 8-10 minutes to bake the bottom. Remove from the oven.

Notes

*How small you cut the pieces of butter into the pie dough will depend on how you plan on using the pie dough. For top crust and really flaky pie dough, cut the butter and shortening into the size of peas. For custard pies that need a pre-baked crust, such as sweet potato pie or chess pie, cut the butter smaller, until it resembles coarse cornmeal. This is known as making a mealy pie dough.
I place all my cut butter and shortening in the freezer for about an hour before I start to bake the pie. It ensures all my pie crust stays nice and cold in the food processor.
Recipe adapted from: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/perfect-pie-crust-recipe-1919026

Nutrition

Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 532IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 2mg
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