With the holidays right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about pies! Pumpkin pie, pecan pie, apple pie, each one so delicious! Whichever pie you decide to make this holiday season, you’ll need a perfect homemade pie crust to start. This recipe makes a flaky, buttery and oh so delicious crust that’s great for any pie. Once you’ve tried this crust, I’m sure it will become your go to recipe!
4 Simple Ingredients for homemade pie crust
This pie crust only takes 4 ingredients to make. Each ingredient plays an important role in making the perfect pie crust. First of all is the flour. In this recipe, I use all purpose flour. All Purpose flour makes a crust that is easy to handle and roll out. Other types of flour will yield crusts that are more fragile. I like to cut out lattice tops and little shapes to ornament my crusts so this is much easier done with all purpose flour.
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Next is the butter. To me, butter is a definite must in a pie crust. Some people use shortening, lard or oil but I say skip these and go for the butter. Shortening lacks flavor, lard is icky and oil will make your crust crumbly and difficult to roll out. Butter will make your crust flavorful and flaky. Nothing else can compare.
The salt is added for flavor. You don’t need a lot but adding about a tsp of salt to your crust will give it a wonderful flavor.
Last of all is the ice water. The reason for using ice water rather than room-temperature water is to help keep the crust flaky. The butter is what makes the crust flaky but the colder you can keep the butter, the flakier it will be. So we use ice water to keep the butter as cold as possible.
Keep the butter cold!
Another trick for keeping the butter cold is to cut it into the flour using a food processor. Using a food processor makes the dough much quicker which is not only a time saver but keeps the ingredients colder. This food processor is a real life saver, I can’t even tell you how many recipes I have used where it has been essential!
Last of all, make sure to chill your dough. A lot of people are likely to skip this step thinking it’s not important…but it is! Letting your dough chill in the refrigerator allows the gluten to have time to relax. This will make your pie crust easier to roll out and work with. Also, it will keep it from shrinking while baking in the oven!
I hope this recipe and tips help you to create your own perfect homemade pie crust. Now that you can make the crust, you can make a pie! What kinds of pies are you making this holiday season? Comment below and let me know!