Classic Pie Crust Recipe

With this Classic Pie Crust Recipe, every pie will win rave reviews for its flaky and tasty crust.

November/December 2015

  • Using the rolling pine, drape the crust to transfer it to the pie plate.
    Photo by Fotolia/koss13

Total Hands-On Time: 25 min

Preparation Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 15 min

Yield: Single or Double pie crust

This Classic Pie Crust Recipe will make your pie crusts flaky and light; the perfect complement to any pie filling.


Single Crust:
• 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
• 1/2 level teaspoon salt
• 1/2 level cup lard or shortening
• 3 tablespoons cold water

Double Crust:
• 2 level cups all-purpose flour
• 1 level teaspoon salt
• 3/4 level cup lard or shortening
• 5 tablespoons cold water


To Make Crust:

Spoon flour into measuring cup and level. Mix flour and salt in medium bowl. Cut in lard using pastry blender, or 2 knives, until all flour is blended and mixture forms pea-size chunks. Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon at a time.

NOTE: Some brands of flour may require more water.

Toss lightly with fork until dough forms a ball. Press between hands to form 5- to 6-inch “pancake.” For double crust, divide dough into 2 equal balls and proceed.

For Traditional Rolling Technique:

Lightly flour rolling surface and rolling pin. Roll dough into circle with light, even strokes. Trim pastry 1 inch larger than inverted 9-inch pie plate. Loosen dough carefully. Fold into quarters. Unfold and press into pie plate. Fold edge under and flute with finger.

For Easy Rolling Technique:

Flour dough slightly. On dampened countertop, roll into circle between 2 sheets of wax paper. Peel off top sheet. Trim pastry 1 inch larger than inverted 9-inch pie plate. Flip pastry onto pie plate. Remove other sheet and press pastry to fit. Fold edge under and flute.

For Baked Pie Shell:

Preheat oven to 425 F. Thoroughly prick bottom and sides with fork (50 times) to prevent shrinking. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned. For recipe calling for unbaked pie shell, proceed as recipe directs.

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