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How to Make the Perfect Pie Crust Video

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Though it may seem totally intimidating and complicated to make homemade pie crust, I promise you it's actually quite easy. OK, maybe not as easy as cracking an egg or pouring milk in a bowl of cereal, but it's definitely not as challenging as say, frying a whole turkey.

When I'm making Raspberry Cream Cheese Heart Tarts or Apple Pie Turnovers, I love using this tender, flaky pie crust. Of course you can easily buy the pre-made version at the market, but there's nothing like taste of homemade -- or the satisfaction you'll get from the making it. And just think of how proud your grandma would be!

Watch this video to see how simple it is!

The Perfect Pie Crust  (1 double crust pie dough)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
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Though it may seem totally intimidating and complicated to make homemade pie crust, I promise you it's actually quite easy. OK, maybe not as easy as cracking an egg or pouring milk in a bowl of cereal, but it's definitely not as challenging as say,...

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3/4 cup chilled butter
  • 1/2 cup all vegetable shortening
  • 6-8 tablespoons chilled cold water

Preparation

  1. 1. Place the first 3 ingredients in a food processor and pulse.
  2. 2. Add cold butter and shortening using on/off turns, process until coarse meals forms.
  3. 3. Add the water 1 tbsp at a time and process until moist clumps form, adding more water 1 tsp at a time if mixture is dry.
  4. 4. Form dough into a disk, wrap in parchment paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour or until cold.
The Perfect Pie Crust

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  1. Susan G

    November 18, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Can you freeze the dough after you put it in the Saran wrap?

    • catherine

      November 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Yes you can! When you’re ready to use it let it thaw in the fridge! It might get a little wet/sticky after being frozen, but just knead it with a little flour to get it back to the right consistency!

  2. Lisa

    October 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Nice pie crust! I made this yesterday to go on top of a chicken pot pie. My whole family LOVED our dinner. Your video totally helped too. Thank you!

  3. lilrom

    August 4, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I just made this pie crust,I followed everything exactly but the crust came out sticky,what did I do wrong,is it possible I put too much water?I’ve never made pie crust from scratch before so not really sure what I did.Thanks for your help.

    • Raj

      February 3, 2014 at 4:23 am

      Happy Birthday! Hope your day gets better.My last batrhdiy was pretty crappy too so I feel for ya!I was supposed to skydive the weekend before but couldn’t because of the weather. I had to attend a very boring mandatory day long meeting for work on my batrhdiy. The next day, I got fired! So yeah, this age hasn’t been great. Kinda looking forward to the next batrhdiy!

    • catherine

      August 6, 2012 at 11:39 am

      You either need to add more flour or use less water. It all depends on the environment… the humidity and temperature will affect your dough. If it is too sticky knead in more flour. If it is too dry work in more cold water!

  4. Audrey Gillette

    July 24, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Did you chill the shortening too?

    • catherine

      July 24, 2012 at 3:17 pm

      Yes, I chill the shortening and butter :)