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How to Make Pie Crust

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Learn How to Make Pie Crust from my step-by-step recipe so you'll have the best-ever pies this holiday season or anytime of year!
How to make the Best Ever Pie Crust - The only recipe you will ever need

Hi Bold Bakers!

Fall is when we tend to make a lot of pies, so I wanted to share my master recipe for How to Make Pie Crust to ensure you know how to make it perfectly, every time.

This recipe is the best I have come across in all of my years of working as a pastry chef. It will be easy for you to recreate at home, too, so you don’t have to buy pre-made pie shells in the supermarkets anymore.

Please don’t buy pre-made pie shells. They make my heart sad.

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Tips for How To Make Pie Crust:

  • Add liquid bit by bit. All flour absorbs water differently, so you might need less or more. You don’t want wet pastry.
  • Leaving the egg out — Replace the egg with 2 tablespoons of cold water. Egg makes it richer but if you don’t eat eggs, use water.
  • Don’t freak out — If you think you pastry is too dry, keep on bringing it together with your fingers. Take care not to add too much liquid.
  • Refrigerate before rolling — Wrap up and place in the fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes. This will help the gluten relax and it will be easier to roll.
  • Freeze the pie crust — Freeze for up to 8 weeks. Roll out your pie crust and place it in the tin. When ready to use take out of the oven and bake directly from frozen. If you are using it for a pie that normally needs to be baked blind just bake it as is, with no beads or beans. Just bake the crust from frozen, eliminating the task of blind baking ever again. Yay!!!
  • Using for savory — Leave out the sugar and this pie works great for savory pies also.

[ Gluten-Free? Make my Flakiest Gluten-Free Pie Crust! ]

Why does my pastry shrink?

You are not alone here! This is a really common problem and, luckily, the solution is simple. The answer is too much WATER! Adding too much water to your pastry will cause your pastry to shrink. Think about it! When water heats up it evaporates. So in terms of pastry, that means when you go into the oven, the heat makes the water in the crust evaporate, which in turn causes it to shrink. Makes sense now, right?

The solution is to just add the minimum amount of water that you need to pull your dough together into a ball. If it seems like it might be a tad dry don’t freak out and lash in water. A fun fact about pastry is that it expresses water once it rests, so it will actually get wetter as it sits in the fridge for its resting period.

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Why is my pie crust soggy?

This is not something you have done wrong, it just depends on what type of pie you are making. When it comes to How to Make Pie Crust, Quiche, Apple Pie, and pies with wetter filling can have a tendency to have soggy bottom. If you want to avoid this, you can blind bake your pie crust. This simply means laying parchment in your pie crust and filling with dried beans or lentils to weigh it down as it bakes. Bake it until partially good (or fully cooked depending on the pie you are making). This will give you a crisper pastry in the end.

Once you master this Homemade Pie Crust, your holiday season will become much easier. Use this Homemade Pie Crust for my Homemade Pumpkin Pie and my Pecan Fudge Pie.

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Pie Crust Recipe

4.49 from 121 votes
Learn How to Make Pie Crust from my step-by-step recipe so you'll have the best-ever pies this holiday season or anytime of year!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 pie crust
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Learn How to Make Pie Crust from my step-by-step recipe so you'll have the best-ever pies this holiday season or anytime of year!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 1 pie crust

Ingredients

  • 1 ⅓ cups (7½oz/213g) all purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 7 tablespoons (3 ½ oz/100g) cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1 egg yolk*
  • 2- 3 tablespoons cold water

Instructions

  • Put flour, butter, icing sugar, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until fine crumbs form.
  • Mix together the egg yolks and water and add to the dry ingredients.
  • Pulse until a dough forms, around 10 seconds.
  • Wrap the pastry in cling wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow the gluten to relax before rolling.
  • Roll on a floured surface to fit your tin or pie dish. A good thickness is 1/4 inch.
  • Bake at 180C/350F depending on how you are using it, as per recipe.

Recipe Notes

The pastry can be frozen for up to 8 weeks
if you don't eat eggs then leave the egg yolk out and add 2 tablespoons of cold water instead.

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Melissa Norman Lyons
7 months ago

Gemma,
So, if I wanted to make chicken pot pie, would this be the same recipe, minus the sugar? I realize I’d have to make a double batch for the top and bottom crust, would this one work?
Thanks.

Sia
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Sia
9 days ago

Hey Gemma,
Is it important to add icing sugar? Is there a substitute?

Kriiaki
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Kriiaki
1 month ago

Amazing recipe!!! So good and flaky. This is THE recipe for pie crust you don’t need to use any other. Works totally great with salted butter( I didn’t have any other) . I made strawberry pie and apple pie and they both turned out delish! Thanks you so much Gemma. During this pandemic you are a absolute life saver when it comes to making quick and easy food!♡♡

SILVIA
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SILVIA
15 days ago

Gemma, making this for the first time. When you say, chill the dough, do you mean in the refrigerator or freezer?

Sharon Dunning
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Sharon Dunning
24 days ago

Hi Gemma, can I ask you which rolling pin you recommend to buy ? there is so much choice 🤔! Thank you

Annette Wilson Sturm
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Annette Wilson Sturm
1 month ago

Gemma if I want to make pasties would this pastry be appropriate please?

AyeshaW
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AyeshaW
1 month ago

This pie crust was just great. Did it without a food processor, and used it to make mini pies with cherry filling. It made 8 mini pies.

portia
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portia
1 month ago

hi can i refrigerate this overnight without putting it in the pie tin? or should I still put it in the freezer? I plan on making the crust the day before I make the pie

thank you

Vanessa
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Vanessa
1 month ago

If I wanted to replace the butter with shortening, how much would I use? And what are your thoughts on this?
Thanks!

Anita Cardenas
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Anita Cardenas
1 month ago

Can I use the puff pastry recipe for my apple pie?

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