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Pie Crust Recipes

The first recipe is for a basic pie crust. If you follow the directions carefullly, and use chilled water from the refrigerator, this recipe will turn out right evey time. When made with a food processor it's possible to roll the dough right away, but chilling it for about an hour is best.

The second recipe, a popular vinegar pie crust, is called "Never-Fail Pie Crust" in some cookbooks and on many recipe websites. This crust is always easy to roll, but not quite as flaky as the first recipe.

The third recipe is for crumb pie crusts, made from graham crackers or cookies. Crumb crusts are used with many cream pies and most cheesecakes.


Basic Pie Crust

This recipe makes 2 - 9" pies shells or 1 - 9" pie with a top and bottom crust.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 T. (10 T.) solid vegetable shortening, such as Crisco.
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 6 T. very cold water

Preparation -
Use a food processor for this recipe, if you have one. First, combine the flour, salt and shortening. Process in short bursts, just until the mixture is blended. Then add cold water through the top chute and run the food processor using short bursts. As soon as the dough forms a mass around the blade, processing is complete. Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in waxed paper. For easiest rolling, refrigerate for about an hour before using.

If you don't have a food processor, use a pastry blender or a fork and mix until crumbly. Add water, one tablespoon at a time, and mix to form a soft dough. Divide in two and refrigerate for at least an hour.

Set the oven temperature and time according to the pie recipe you're using.

For a single pre-baked pie crust, bake at 450º for about 12 minutes.


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For smooth, easy rolling use a sturdy, well made wooden rolling pin with ball-bearing handles. I roll pie dough on a floured board or on a countertop covered with a pastry cloth, lightly dusted with flour. I cover my rolling pin with a cotton sock-like cover.

Pastry cloth and rolling pin covers are available in the housewares section
of many department stores and in kitchen shops.

A Rolling Pin Cover And Pastry Cloth Set similar to the one above, is also available, online, at Buy.com



Never-Fail Pie Crust

This recipe makes about 5 - 9" pie shells.

Preparation -
Combine the the dry ingredients and vegetable oil and mix together with a fork. In a separate bowl, beat the vinegar, egg, and water. With a fork, combine the two mixtures until blended. Chill for about an hour before rolling.

Roll the dough between 2 sheets of wax paper. Lift off the top piece of wax paper. Lay the inverted pie pan over the dough, then turn right side up and remove the other piece of wax paper.


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Crumb Crusts

Unless a pie or cheesecake recipe specifies other amounts, use these measurements for a 9" pie crust or a cheesecake crust made in a 9" springform cake pan,

  • Make 1-1/2 cups cracker or cookie crumbs from:
       --- about 7 whole graham crackers, or
       --- about 22 vanilla wafers, depending on the brand, or
       --- about 20 to 25 ginger snaps, depending on the brand, or
       --- about 12 pieces of Zweiback, or
       --- about 15 Oreo sandwich cookies

  • for graham cracker crusts - 1/2 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
  • 4 T. butter or margerine - melted

    Preparation -
    Process the crackers or cookies in a food processor or a blender to make crumbs. Add cinnamon (if using). In a mixing bowl, combine the crumbs with the melted butter or margerine. Toss with a fork to lightly moisten all the crumbs. Spread the moistened crumbs evenly on the bottom and up the sides of a pie pan or on the bottom only of a springform pan. Press in place with your fingers. Bake at 350º for 8 to 10 minutes. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack before adding the pie filling or cheesecake filling.


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  • Pie Making
    Equipment
    & Cookbooks



    Norpro 18-in. Nonstick Rolling Pin, Black
    18-in. Nonstick Rolling Pin


    2-pc. Pastry Cloth and Rolling Pin Cover Set
    2-pc. Pastry Cloth and
    Rolling Pin Cover Set


    Pyrex 9.5-in. Pie Dish
    Pyrex 9.5-in. Pie Dish


    10.75-in. Pie Crust Shield
    Pie Crust Shield


    NordicWare 10-in. Natural Commercial Bakeware Pie Pan with Storage Lid
    NordicWare 10" Pie Pan
    with Storage Lid


    Deep Dish Pie Plate w/Black Bird

    Deep Dish Pie Plate w/Black Bird


    Pie Display Rack with Cover 8H x 12D
    Pie Rack with Cover



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