Don’t be overwhelmed by the thought of making homemade pie crust. This easy pie crust recipe is delicious and simple to make. Its has an amazing buttery taste and a flaky and delicious texture. This recipe makes enough dough for a top and a bottom for any pie.
Ingredients for pie crust
Lets talk about some of the ingredients in this recipe. This recipe calls for real butter which I prefer. I like the taste and texture that butter gives to pie crust. Shortening is often used in pie crust because it is a softer fat making it easier to work with however, there is not much of a taste to it. Butter is a harder fat so it takes more work to roll it out, but like I said it has a better taste. This recipe also calls for ice cold water, this helps keep the butter cold to create that flaky crust.
- All purpose Flour
How to Make Homemade Pie Crust
First, cut the butter into quarter-inch slices, and place in the freezer. In a mixing bowl or food processor add in flour salt and sugar and blend. Next, add in half of the sliced butter until it is coated in butter. Once coated add in remaining butter and mix. It does need to be mixed completely just make sure that all the butter is covered in flour and smashed. Finally, slowly add the ICE COLD WATER. The dough will start to form a ball if using a mixer, or large chunks if you are using a food processor.
Once all the ingredients are mixed together remove dough from the mixer/food processor and place it on a lightly floured surface. Form the dough into a tight ball and flatten. Wrap the dough in 2-3 layers of plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for about an hour. Once the dough has chilled remove from the refrigerator and place it on a floured surface. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough out in all directions forming a circle. I have found that the easiest way to cut the right size circle is to place your pie plate upside down on your dough and cut about 2 inches away from the edges.
Once the dough has been cut into a circle fold it in half 2 times (quartered). Place the tip of the quarter in the center of the dish and unfold. Press lightly into the pie dish. Cut remaining edges off. I like to create a pretty edge by crimping the dough with my fingers. There are a million different ways to create a beautiful edge. Use your imagination and have fun with it
Now you have the perfect delicious base for any pie. It goes well with anything from sweet to savory.
Can You Freeze Pie Dough
If you are like me I am always trying to make desserts last minute. So it is always nice to have a few pie crusts and dough on hand. I like to use disposable pie tins. So that my pie pans are not stuck in the freezer for months.
Make and bake the pie crust just like the recipes says. Then let it completely cool down and place pie tin and crust in a large freezer bag. Make sure to label with the date. I like to use them with in 2-3 months, but they can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months.
When you are ready to use the frozen pie crust, thaw it in the refrigerator over night. Then add your favorite pie fillings and bake as normal. You can also use it frozen. Just add 2-3 extra minutes on to your recipes bake time.
Easy Pie Crust Recipe
- 2 Sticks of butter
- 3 cups All purpose flour
- 1 tsp. Salt
- 1½ tsp. Sugar
- ½ cup Ice cold water
- Cut 2 sticks of butter into quarter-inch slices and place them the freezer for at least 10 mins.
- Using either a mixer or a food processor mix together 3 cups of all purpose flour, 1½ tsp. of sugar, and 1 tsp. of salt.
- Remove butter from freezer and add half of it to the flour mixture. Mix until butter is coated in flour.
- Add remaining flour to mixture and mix until butter is smashed together.
- Slowly add ½ cup of water and mix. If using a mixer the dough will start to form a ball, if using a food processor the dough will start to form large chunks.
- Remove the dough from the mixer and place it on a lightly floured surface.
- Form dough into a tight ball and flatten slightly. Tightly wrap 2-3 layers of plastic wrap around the dough and place it in the refrigerator for about an hour.
- Once the dough is chilled, remove it from the freezer. Place the dough on a lightly floured surface.
- Using a rolling pin, roll dough out in all directions forming a circle.
- Place empty pie plate upside down on dough and cut 2 inches around pie plate.
- Fold the dough into quarters and place it in the pie plate. Softly press the dough into the plate and cut the extra edges off.
- Create a decorative edge by crimping the edges with fingers. (see picture)
- Now you have a delicious pie crust ready to be filled.
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