Homemade Easy Pie Crust

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Easy Pie Crust That’s Flakey

I love pie crust.  When you find one you really like, it’s just happiness added to a delicious pie.  This is my easy pie crust recipe.  It is flakey, delicious and perfect with pumpkin pie.  Uses it for all  your pies, from banana to apple, pumpkin and the like.  You can even use this recipe to make hand pies and pot pies.

This recipes makes enough for 2 pie crusts.

bowl with dry ingredients of flour, shortening

What Ingredients Go Into A Basic Crust?

The basics for a pie crust are flour, shortening, salt and water.  Some recipes, like this one, also use an egg.  And other recipes, like this one, use vinegar and sugar.  If you are using this recipe for a savory dish, you may want to leave the sugar out.

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How Do I Make A Flakey Pie Crust?

To make a flakey crust, you want to have enough water, but not so much that the dough is sticky or sticks to your hands.  Allowing the dough to rest after blending everything together is key.  You want the dough to be cold when you work and form it into shape.  Try not to touch the dough more than is needed.  The heat from your hands will melt the shortening.

You will also want to fold the dough onto itself to create layers.  This gives you the flakey layered crust that you are looking for too.

beaters with mixed pie dough forming together

Does You Need To Pre-Bake The Pie Crust?

The pie crust only needs to be prebaked when you are making a custard pie or a pie made with fresh fruits. All other pies can be baked without pre-baking the dough.

formed pie dough into a semi flat ball


  • Use a overly large bowl to mix the ingredients, it will help with allowing you to tip the bowl without it spilling.
  • We keep an ice cup in the water until we are ready to use it.
  • You can place the dough in a freezer bag and store longer (remove it from the plastic wrap if you do this).
  • Use with your favorite pie recipe
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Homemade Easy Pie Crust

Looking for a flakey and deliciously easy pie crust? This is it. It's the perfect homemade pie crust for your next dessert or savory dish.
Course: Baking
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 crusts
Author: Regina Sober


  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 cups shortening
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar


  • In a large bowl, add the dry ingredients with the shortening and mix with a mixer until the shortening is pea size with the flour mix.
  • We have found that tipping the bowl slightly helps mix everything well.  Also turning the bowl to get all the ingredients incorporated.
  • In a separate small bowl, beat an egg with the vinegar and cold water.
  • Add the wet ingredients into the dry.
  • Mix well, turning the bowl and tilting it slightly.
  • The dough will be mixed, but not one piece.
  • Once it is incorporated, stop mixing and use your hands to press together to make a disc.
  • Fold together with your hands to ensure it is mixed well.
  • Flatten into a disc and cut in half.
  • With plastic wrap, wrap each half and press down to flatten.
  • Place the dough into the fridge to firm up and chill.
    After 1 hour, you can remove and make your pie crust.


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Looking for a flakey and deliciously easy pie crust? This is it. It's the perfect homemade pie crust for your next dessert or savory dish.

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