The crust is the foundation for any pie. It’s also the one step in pie-making that scares people away from making pie from scratch. This article, Make Pie Crust 101, and my video on my YouTube Channel will walk you through the steps in making a great traditional pie crust.
I’m here to help with conquering that fear.
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How to Make a Pie Crust
3 cups all-purpose flour
1½ cup of shortening (lard, vegetable shortening, butter, or solid coconut oil all make fine pie crust)
1½ teaspoons salt
1 ½ cups of iced water
Put flour, shortening, and salt into a large mixing bowl.
With the mixer on the lowest speed, mix these ingredients together until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs or quick oatmeal.
Slowly add ice water to the mixture a little at a time and mix slowly with the mixer until a dough that you can shape with your fingers forms.
There. Now your pie crust is ready to be shaped into a ball.
Next, shape the dough into a ball and place it on a lightly floured surface.
Cut it in half.
Assembling a Two-Crust Pie
For a two-crust pie, roll one half first. Roll the dough until it is about 2 inches wider than the diameter of the pie pan.
Gently lift the edges of the rolled dough and fold in half.
Carefully lift the edges of the dough and fold again in a quarter-fold.
Gently pick up the dough and place it in the pie pan.
Unfold the dough in the pie pan.
Next, trim the edges of the crust with a sharp knife.
Then fill with the pie filling.
Roll out the other half and place it on the top of the pie following the same procedure as for the bottom crust. Then pinch the edges of the crusts together.
Use your index fingers and thumb to make the traditional ripple in the edge of the crust.
Finally, bake the pie according to recipe instructions for the particular pie you’re making.
Assembling a One-crust Pie
For a one-crust pie, only roll out one of the halves of the dough. Put the other half in the freezer to use later.
If you’re making a cream pie, such as Banana Cream, Coconut Cream, Chocolate, Lemon Merengue – any pie that is served chilled – you will bake the crust in the oven at 400° for about 15 minutes. Then let it cool and fill it with your recipe’s filling.
If you’re making a baked one-crust pie such as Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Custard, etc., you will pour the filling into the uncooked crust and bake everything at once. This is also done with a quiche (which is basically just a savory custard pie).
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I love making pie. Making a pie from scratch is kind of becoming a lost art. I hope you’ll try making a pie and make the crust from scratch. There’s no shame in buying a refrigerated pie crust. If you don’t enjoy the process or don’t have time, that’s perfectly ok. You have to do what works for you.
For me, it’s easier to just make it because I always have the ingredients on hand and now that I’m experienced I can turn out a pie crust in about 10 minutes.
I also want to make sure this skill is passed on to those who want it.
Let me know if you have any questions about how to make a pie crust. I’m right here and happy to help.
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