Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

We’ve been making pie dough the same way in our kitchen for years. We cut butter (or other solid fat) into flour until the butter and flour looks crumbly and has pieces of butter the size of peas. Then, we add just enough water to form the dough into a ball.

We’ve found a better way. A pie crust recipe, rather pie crust method, that’s consistent and makes dough that’s a dream to roll out.

Flaky Pie Crust

It’s not that our previous method failed us. We just came across another way of how to make it. A while back Cooks Illustrated reworked pie dough. You may have heard of it — they added vodka to their recipe. (We don’t add vodka — I’ll get to that in a minute).

How We Make Our Pie Crust Now

Basically, Cooks Illustrated looked at the science behind pie crust — and it made sense. Our high school science teachers would be proud.

Here’s all you really need to know: Gluten is an enemy to pie crust. Some gluten is okay and actually needed for structure, but too much can really mess things up. So, remember this: less gluten formation = flakier and more tender pie crusts.

Back to the vodka. That’s what got all the hype — why wouldn’t it, right?

In their recipe, the vodka replaced some of the water. The theory is that vodka doesn’t promote gluten formation, whereas water does. So, by replacing part of the water with vodka, it helps the pie crust become flakier and more tender.

We love the idea and many swear it works, but adding a 1/4 cup of vodka to our homemade pie dough recipe just didn’t sit well with us. It’s not something we store in our home often and it’s expensive. (If you want to see the recipe from Cook’s Illustrated, Serious Eats has it here).

Perfect, Flaky Pie Crust Recipe — It’s About the Method

What’s more important than the vodka is the way you combine the flour and fat.

Remember that gluten is our enemy when it comes to pie dough? Well, Cook’s Illustrated found that if you thoroughly mix part of the flour with the fat (butter) and make a flour-butter paste first, every particle of that flour becomes coated in fat. Think of each particle of flour with butter raincoats. These raincoats make it very difficult for the flour to absorb water. In other words, it helps to prevent the development of too much gluten.

Then, you can add the remaining flour so the perfect amount of gluten develops. This means perfect pie crust, every time.

What We’re Looking For

To us, great pie crust doesn’t become all soggy from juicy fillings, but is light enough to flake.

Flaky Pie Crust

It isn’t crumbly, instead it’s made of long, thin layers of dough (see photo). It should stand up to fillings, but shouldn’t be chewy, hard or heavy.

So, after all that talk — did it work?

Yes. It really did. Our pie crust was tender with long thin layers of dough, making it perfectly flaky.

We love this method for two reasons — First, it’s consistent. By adding part of the flour to the butter first, combing them into a paste then adding the remaining flour, the recipe determines how much flour is being used for the formation of gluten. The dough is the same, every time.

Second, that butter and flour paste really helps when it comes to working with the dough. Since it’s more pliable, the dough is easily rolled out.

Making the Dough – By Food Processor or by Hand

The folks at Cooks Illustrated insist on using a food processor for this method. We sort of agree — It makes making the flour and butter paste easy.

Use the food processor to make the paste then add the remaining flour. Pulse a few times then transfer everything to a bowl and add water until the dough comes together. (You don’t want to add water to the food processor — that can overwork the dough and lead to extra gluten formation).

Using the food processor eliminates variability. If you have one, use it.

With all that said, we hate cleaning dishes and since a food processor means 5 parts to clean (yes we counted) we tried this method by hand.

It worked.

We used a pastry cutter to cut the butter into part of the flour and made as close to a paste as possible. The flour was moistened by the butter and the mixture looked like fresh breadcrumbs — it was not powdery from flour. Then, we cut in the remaining flour and added water until the dough came together.

The dough made by hand was just as easy to roll out and turned out just as flaky. In fact, the photo above is actually from dough made by hand, not the food processor. So, if you don’t have a food processor or are like us and hate the extra dishes, give making it by hand a go.

Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

How do you make pie crust? Do you have any tips to share. Please share in the comments below.

You May Also Like

  • This pie crust recipe from Simply Recipes is great. It uses a food processor.
  • If you like to use shortening in your pie crust, try this recipe from The Pioneer Woman.
  • Here are a few more tips for rolling out pie dough — Another option when rolling out the dough is to roll the dough out between two pieces of parchment or wax paper instead of using flour. Learn about this by reading Dori Greenspan’s post.
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Flaky Pie Crust Recipe
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Why we love this recipe. This pie crust recipe, rather pie crust method makes consistent dough and makes dough that's a dream to roll out.

What you need to know. Using a food processor in this recipe eliminates variability. If you have one, use it. With that said, you can do this method by hand. Directions are provided below for using a processor and by hand.

Equipment you’ll need. If making with food processor, you will need a food processor, rubber spatula, chef’s knife, measuring cups, spoons and a medium bowl. If making by hand, you will need a chef’s knife, medium bowl, pastry blender (cutter), rubber spatula, measuring cups and spoons.
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Yield: One 9-inch double crust pie
You Will Need
  • 2 1/2 cups (360 grams) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
  • 1 cup (227 grams) very cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (2 sticks)
  • 6 to 8 tablespoons ice water
If Making by Food Processor
  1. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, salt and sugar (optional) to a food processor. Pulse 2 to 3 times until combined.
  2. Scatter butter cubes over flour and process until a dough or paste begins to form, about 15 seconds. (There should be no uncoated flour).
  3. Scrape bowl, redistribute the flour-butter mixture then add remaining 1 cup of flour. Pulse 4 to 5 times until flour is evenly distributed. (Dough should look broken up and a little crumbly).
  4. Transfer to a medium bowl then sprinkle 6 tablespoons of ice water over mixture. Using a rubber spatula, press the dough into itself. The crumbs should begin to form larger clusters. If you pinch some of the dough and it holds together, it's ready. If the dough falls apart, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of extra water and continue to press until dough comes together.
  5. Remove dough from bowl and place in a mound on a clean surface. Work the dough just enough to form a ball. Cut ball in half then form each half into discs. Wrap each disc with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, and up to 2 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months (just thaw it overnight in the fridge before using).
If Making by Hand
  1. Add 1 1/2 cups flour, salt and sugar (optional) to a medium bowl. Stir 2 to 3 times until combined.
  2. Scatter butter cubes over flour and mix briefly with a fork or spatula to coat the butter with flour.
  3. Cut the butter into the flour with a pastry blender, working mixture until the flour has a coarse, mealy texture similar to fresh bread crumbs. About 1 - 2 minutes.
  4. Add remaining 1 cup of flour. Work butter and flour with the pastry blender until flour is evenly distributed. About 20 seconds. (Dough should look crumbly with pea-sized pieces).
  5. Sprinkle 6 tablespoons of ice water over mixture. Using a rubber spatula, press the dough into itself. The crumbs should begin to form larger clusters. If you pinch some of the dough and it holds together, it's ready. If the dough falls apart, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of extra water and continue to press until dough comes together.
  6. Remove dough from bowl and place in a mound on a clean surface. Work the dough just enough to form a ball. Cut ball in half then form each half into discs. Wrap each disc with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour, and up to 2 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months (just thaw it overnight in the fridge before using).
How to Roll Out Dough
  1. Remove one of the dough discs from the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  2. Lightly flour work surface, top of dough and rolling pin. Then use rolling pin to roll out dough to a 12-inch circle (about 1/8-inch thick). Be sure to check if the dough is sticking to the surface below -- add a small amount of flour when necessary.
  3. Check for size by inverting pie dish over dough round. Look for a 1-inch edge around the pie dish.
  4. To transfer dough to dish, starting at one end, roll dough around rolling pin then unroll over dish.
  5. Gently press dough down into dish so that it lines the bottom and sides of the dish. (Be careful not to pull or stretch the dough). Then, use a knife or pair of kitchen scissors to trim dough to within 1/2-inch of the edge of the dish.
  6. Fold edge of dough underneath itself so that it creates a thicker, 1/4-inch border that rests on the lip of the dish. Then, crimp edges by pressing the pointer finger of one hand against the edge of the dough from the inside of the dish while gently pressing with two knuckles of the other hand from the outside. Refrigerate dough at least 20 minutes or freeze for 5 minutes before baking.
  7. If making a double crust pie, do not crimp edges yet. Roll out second dough disc, fill pie then top with second dough round. Trim the edges then crimp.
How to Pre-Bake a Crust for a Single-Crust Pie (Perfect for quiches, custard, and cream pies)
  1. Heat the oven to 425º F. Place a baking sheet on a middle oven rack.
  2. Roll out enough dough to make one 9-inch crust (1 dough disk). Pierce the bottom of the crust with a fork (this prevent air pockets or bubbles from forming while baking). Line the crust with two sheets of aluminum foil. (Be sure to push foil against the edges of the crust). Then, fill foil with dried rice, dried beans or pie weights. Refrigerate 30 minutes or freeze for 10 minutes, or until firm to the touch.
  3. Place pie crust onto preheated baking sheet and reduce oven temperature to 400 degrees F (200 C). Bake 20 to 30 minutes or until the crust is golden.
  4. Make an egg wash by whisking one egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of cream in a small bowl. Then, remove rice, beans or pie weights and foil from pie crust. Brush the bottom and sides of the crust with egg wash. Bake until egg wash is dry and shiny, 3 to 5 minutes. Cool crust completely before filling.

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98 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Diana G January 24, 2016, 8:29 pm

    I appreciate the explanation of vodka prohibiting gluten. In fact baking is a science as ingredients interact in each recipe. Who would have known that basically, we are all Scientist in our own kitchen.🤓

  • Mary November 27, 2015, 12:06 pm

    I made this for Thanksgiving pies (apple and pumpkin) this year and this is the last pie crust recipe that I will EVER use! I’m always trying new crust recipes in search of something better. Well, I’ve found it…PERFECTION! This crust is AMAZING! Light, flaky and buttery. Just AWESOME! My 4 yr old granddaughter’s comment “I’m impressed with this pie” 😀 Easy to make and thanks for the video, it makes it that much easier and quicker.

  • Lori November 20, 2015, 2:05 am

    The best pie crust I have ever made. It was very easy, and the results are amazing. Be patient and allow the dough to chill before rolling, and re-chill it after to minimize shrinkage. It’s worth the wait!

  • Cathy October 22, 2015, 6:24 pm

    So I have never been able to really master pie crust. I tried this one and finally I was able to be successful in making pie crust. I followed your directions precisely and it always turns out! I always make it by hand. Thank you!

  • Bernard Farrell October 19, 2015, 9:11 am

    My son and I made this on Saturday for the first time and it was perfect. We’d picked fresh apples and the result was a yummy apple pie with the flakiest crust I’d ever made. Many thanks for a vodka-free recipe.

  • Susan October 18, 2015, 12:58 pm

    Your “Flaky Pie Crust Recipe” is the bomb. I’ve been making pies for many years and my crust is always hit or miss. THIS recipe turns our great, It rolls so smooth with no edge cracks and tastes awesome. It’ll be the one I use from now on. KUDOS to you and THANK YOU

  • jasmine October 9, 2015, 3:37 pm

    what if i add too much water and its too moist? will it still turn out okay?

    • Joanne October 16, 2015, 12:44 pm

      It depends how much extra water you added — too much water and you may find the crust loses it’s flakiness.

  • May July 30, 2015, 3:27 pm

    I changed the fat to 3/4 butter, 1/4 lard but otherwise made as written. Was tougher to roll out nice than my usual recipe (without tears) but much easier to shape the edge of the crust without crumbles (if that makes sense).

    End result – super flaky crust! LOVE IT!

  • syam May 3, 2015, 6:28 am

    Hello Adam and Joanne…
    I’m a beginner home cook from Indonesia.Your website has helped me a lot with the step by step tutorials as well as the videos. Thanks! This flaky crust recipe is so great! I’ve made it twice for apple and pumpkin pie and i received so many compliments from my family and friends!! It’s the best. Thanks for sharing this recipe :-)

  • Stella Tsikrika April 2, 2015, 5:28 am

    Hello! I’m from Greece and I’m currently visiting my boyfriend who lives in Geneva, Switzerland. Last night I made your blueberry pie and it was AMAZING! Super tasty and super easy to make… And your videos were extremely helpful. It was really great for me to find a new recipe that came out so great, especially one that I wanted to make for so long, since I had NEVER tasted a blueberry pie before, let alone one that I baked myself! I’ll try out your other recipes for sure… Thank you so much! Greetings from Geneva…

    • Joanne April 3, 2015, 1:40 pm

      That’s so great, Stella. We love blueberry pie! Thanks for all your kind words and we are really happy it turned out so well for you! (p.s if you want to keep up with our videos, you can subscribe to our YouTube page at youtube.com/inspiredtaste ) Thanks again!

  • MissMarie March 30, 2015, 12:05 pm

    Hi! I found you here after searching because I tried the J. Kenji-Lopez Easy Pie Dough instructions found on Serious Eats this weekend and *totally failed*. I have no trouble making pie crust with and without a food processor, using a different recipe and the normal “pea size” butter chunks, but they tend to be a little dense.

    However, though I had no problem making the paste, blending it with the remaining flour, and forming a dough, I could *not* get this dough into a pan to save my life, it was so tender/delicate. I chilled it for two hours before rolling the first disc, and it fell apart as I tried to put it in the pan. The second I rolled between wax paper, and while it rolled beautifully, again when I tried to pan it it tore, even after re-chilling it after rolling and before panning.

    The only differences I can see is that the original recipe calls for 2.5 sticks of butter (where yours calls for 2) and I only added 2tbsp water because the dough was quite moist at that point, although the original recipe called for 6tbsp. I also used lard for 1/4 of the butter, but I generally use it for up to 1/2 and have no trouble.

    Do you think it was just too much fat for the flour? Not enough water? Please help!

    • Joanne April 1, 2015, 9:36 am

      Hi there, I’m not really sure what happened — we have found our ratio of butter to flour to work really well for us. The Serious Eats recipe is pretty solid, too. It is pretty important to get the butter and flour mixture to paste-like (this is the step that should have the most influence of how easy it is to roll in the end). Then you should quickly cut in the remaining flour. After that, water is added — we usually add more than what you said you added, but it can vary some. It really is hard for me to tell what went wrong (I wish I could help more!). All the best, Joanne

      • MissMarie April 2, 2015, 11:06 am

        Thank you for replying! I tried the method again, but used my normal recipe amounts and it turned out perfect! I don’t know whether it was because it was all butter (I use half butter and half lard normally) or because it was just too much, or because I didn’t use enough water. But 1.5cups flour, 1/2 cup fat worked, so I’m going to stick with that. I can’t eat any more pie yet, but next I’ll try all butter again, and if it’s different I’ll report back :-)

        • Joanne April 3, 2015, 1:36 pm

          Oh good! I’m so glad you found something that worked for you :) Thanks for letting us know how it turned out the second time around. As for eating more pie … we can help!

  • Justin Robey January 2, 2015, 3:32 pm

    Hey guys!

    So I just got finished and put my crust in the oven. I had a similar problem to one of the comments above where after my initial food processor use (15 to 20 seconds) it was super dry, not pasty and it looked like the butter was super small. I added the other flour and it took 10 to 12 tablespoons of water to get the dough. Should I just make it again? I followed the recipe, and really want this to turn out well.


    • Joanne March 3, 2015, 2:55 pm

      Next time try processing a little longer. The flour-butter mixture should come into a paste-like substance eventually. You can still use the crust you made. It may not be as flaky as it could be, but hopefully still good :)

  • Mary O November 27, 2014, 7:24 pm

    Wow, thank you for your recipe and video instructions. Using the food processor was soooo easy. And following your directions for rolling out the dough was great. The pies look great and crust is so flaky and delicious. Thank you again and again.

  • al arioli November 25, 2014, 4:52 pm

    A ‘paste’ did not form. A dry mixture (2 sticks butter to 1&1/2 cups flour) was the result, which would have poured right out of the processor – no need to scrape. I added another cup of flour anyway and pulsed. I needed much more water than the 6 tablespoons you gave. We’ll see, but I’m not confident because the procedure you described didn’t give the results you described.

    • Joanne November 26, 2014, 2:22 pm

      Hi there, a paste should have formed after pulsing. You may have needed to process longer before adding the extra flour. Also, pie crusts can be tricky with how much water to add. With our flour and kitchen (humidity levels vary), we usually end up adding 6 to 8 tablespoons, but that may be either too much or too little for others. I hope the crust worked out for you in the end!

      • Diana G January 24, 2016, 8:37 pm

        We live in Nevada where it is arid, so depending on the season, the amount of liquid will vary.

  • Clifford B November 3, 2014, 8:41 pm

    I have a 9 cup Kitchenaid food processor and it took about a minute to turn the dough into the paste. What size food processor do you use? Is it possible to over process the dough and melt the butter?

    • Joanne March 3, 2015, 2:56 pm

      It is possible to melt the butter, but that’s why you want to watch and stop processing once it turns into a paste. Our processor is pretty large (I’m not sure cup size, though).

  • Jim F. October 12, 2014, 3:47 am

    I want to try this crust. Family is gluten free.So I was wondering how some gluten free flour we just found will work since you say gluten is the enemy of pie crust?

  • Lindsay October 10, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Hi there,
    I’m making a pumpkin pie for this weekend and was wondering how long I should bake my pie crust for? Also, would it be better to leave the sugar out for pumpkin pie?

  • Beannie September 22, 2014, 8:24 pm

    Very disappointed. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. I went looking for a crust recipe to try something new. This flaky crust was just that a flake out. Ruined my chicken pot pie that Ive made crust for with my eyes closed. Completely soaked up every morsel of liquid. Should’ve stayed with tried and true. Sorry Joanne and Adam…doesn’t compare to my timeless basic crust recipe that I yearned for the flavor of after this flakeless disaster.

    • Joanne October 23, 2014, 11:55 am

      How strange! We’re sorry the crust didn’t work well for you, especially since we’ve had such success with it ourselves.

  • Les August 30, 2014, 8:03 pm

    I’m a novice baker and this was my first attempt at pie crust. While the flavour was great, my crust wasn’t flaky – it was pretty dense. I did it by hand and didn’t quite get to paste status. Any tips? I think my butter may have been too warm, or maybe too much flour, or not enough water? Or maybe practice makes perfect? Any help would be awesome! Ps I’ve just stumbled upon your site and I think it’s great :)

    • Joanne October 23, 2014, 12:13 pm

      Hi Les, Pie crust can be tricky and definitely requires a little practice. I encourage you to try again :)

  • CC August 25, 2014, 7:43 pm

    This is my new pie crust recipe!!
    I tried it out tonight and made mini meat pies for dinner. It took the crust a while to turn golden (about 40 mins) and that made me really nervous, but when they came out… whoooooo boy. Soo flaky and buttery and absolutely perfect. I made the dough 100% by hand (no electrical tools because my parents don’t own any :c ) and it was a lot of work, but it was worth it. I think I am going to make a whole bunch and stick them in the freezer so that we always have some on hand. Thanks so much for the recipe!!

  • Annie August 1, 2014, 8:37 pm

    My 13 year old sister and 2 other girls made a blueberry pie with this crust. I couldn’t believe how easy it was. We are now moving on to all sorts of favors but the crust was just amazing. It really made the whole pie. Thank you for sharing!!

  • Rebecca July 30, 2014, 12:42 pm

    can I use a stand mixer?

    • Joanne July 31, 2014, 11:15 am

      You should be able to, yes.

  • Nancy July 18, 2014, 5:41 pm

    This is the easiest crust to make, and so flaky! I had some fresh peaches from the farmers market-they are in season now. Can hardly wait to taste this is my husbands favorite pie..looking forward to a delightful new crust. Thanks for sharing. Ps my husband added fresh lemon zest and a splash of vanilla to peaches. Smelled wonderful!

  • Safaa July 11, 2014, 11:52 am


    Am not sure if we have any cold unsalted butter here, will it be fine if I used a normal table butter or should I keep looking?

    • Joanne August 7, 2014, 1:14 pm

      Table butter (I’m assuming that would be salted) should be fine, just make sure it’s very cold.

  • Debbi July 7, 2014, 3:51 pm

    Used your recipe today! What a difference for sure.. . Can I use Bear fat instead of butter? I usually use bear fat in my pie crust and they are so flaky, but nothing like this one. This recipe is really close to the one I have been using for years, from my grandmother! Thank you so much.

  • Hanieh July 2, 2014, 3:00 pm

    Hi there, a few days ago i left a message hear, but neither my message is hear nor the answer. This is the first time i want to prepare a pie! I am pleased if you answer my question : For double crust or even one crust pie which is cooked just when inside pie is field ,do the time and temperature of cooking inside oven differ to the kind of pie recipe? For example if i prepare the crust dough from your crust recipe and fill it with another pie recipe ,then what is time and temperature?

    • Joanne August 7, 2014, 1:32 pm

      Our crust recipe will work for most pies — follow the directions of the specific pie recipe (apple pie, pumpkin pie, etc) then just use our crust in place of the crust called for in the recipe.

  • Jessica June 15, 2014, 11:01 pm

    Just made this with your blueberry pie recipe and I must say I loved both recipies! Super easy to follow and turned out great for my first pie! Thanks for sharing

    • Joanne June 20, 2014, 12:17 pm

      Hi Jessica, thanks so much for coming back and letting us know! We love this pie crust :)

  • Anne May 28, 2014, 1:42 pm

    I used the food processor and never got the paste. Should I have processed it for longer? Best I got was a crumbly texture. I was afraid of melting the butter.

    • Joanne August 8, 2014, 12:07 pm

      Yep, keep processing. It will come together eventually.

  • Susan Schrager May 22, 2014, 10:50 pm

    I’ve made your Flaky Pie Crust recipe with rave reviews, using a food processor. My butter & flour never forms a paste after 15 sec of processing, as I saw it do in the video. I have a standard size Cuisinart. I end up with coarse meal. Should I continue processing? Thank you!

    • Joanne June 20, 2014, 2:17 pm

      Yep, just continue processing, it should turn into a paste eventually.

  • Menzrob May 5, 2014, 3:55 pm

    Made a cherry pie today and the crust around the edge collapsed towards the center. Is this because it’s an all butter crust? Or, can you suggest something else? Made a blind crust at the same time and it fell in too. My family loves the crust and I never have any trouble rolling it out, but now I’m trying to make my pies more attractive and this sure isn’t attractive! Thanks.

  • DT April 18, 2014, 1:15 pm

    I am making banana cream pie. I have to have a baked crust. You do not say how to bake the crust what temperature and what grease and how long.

    • Joanne May 16, 2014, 12:57 pm

      Hi there, we have just added instructions for how to pre-bake our pie crust. You should find it in the recipe above.

  • Leatha April 13, 2014, 7:36 pm

    I had no success with pie crust till now. Thanks! This really is perfect pie crust

    • Joanne April 16, 2014, 12:49 pm

      Awesome! So glad it worked well for you.

  • Bruce April 3, 2014, 8:32 pm

    Are you using American or Canadian all-purpose flour?

    Why do I ask? The last time I was checking, they are not the same.
    Canadian all-purpose is made from hard wheat (more gluten), and is much like American bread flour.
    American all-purpose flour is made from soft wheat, and is much like Canadian pastry (soft) flour.

    • Joanne April 4, 2014, 11:30 am

      American — We usually go for Gold Medal all-purpose flour.

  • Mike March 25, 2014, 12:32 pm

    I like/need to use barley flour because it has a lower glycemic index and gluten content than wheat flour. How should I change the recipe/method for making the pie crust when using barley flour?


    • Joanne April 3, 2014, 11:21 am

      Hi Mike, We really are not sure since we have never made this recipe with barley flour. For some guidance we looked on the web and found this pie crust from 101 Cookbooks (it has rye flour): http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/a-nice-berry-pie-recipe.html

      While it isn’t exactly what you asked about, you might find you can use that and adapt based on what you have at home. Hope that helps!

  • Lara February 14, 2014, 3:46 am

    When I took the dough out of the fridge it was quite hard. I had left it in the fridge for a day and a half. Is that normal? Can’t seem to make a dent into the dough with the rolling pin :(

    • Joanne February 27, 2014, 4:28 pm

      Yep, that’s normal. Just leave it out for a few minutes until it is workable.

  • Cindy February 9, 2014, 12:00 pm

    I use a similar recipe and love it. I have my own sour cherry trees so I have the honor of having fresh cherry pie any time I want. Any left over crust I put cinnamon and sugar on it and bake it for a few minutes…the kids or grand kids love it…

  • Liz Alexander January 23, 2014, 9:54 pm

    I have not made this yet but have two questions. I was always taught that the amount of fat/flour ratio in crust was 1/3 fat to flour. This recipe is approximately 1/2 fat. Also, is it still possible to use vodka for some of the water?

    • Joanne January 30, 2014, 12:50 pm

      There are lots of different recipes for pie crust out there. This one (with a higher fat content) is our personal favorite. You could try the vodka — it definitely works.

  • SHANITA January 1, 2014, 12:32 pm


    • Joanne January 1, 2014, 6:49 pm

      We don’t recommend using a blender for this. You could try making it by hand. We have provided directions for how to do it in the recipe above.

  • tracy December 31, 2013, 1:42 pm

    Hi just wondering if you have to cook the pie crust before putting in the filling?

    • Joanne January 7, 2014, 11:34 am

      It depends on which pie you are making. For our blueberry pie recipe, we do not par-bake.

  • Diane December 13, 2013, 1:13 pm

    Opps….the blade is different right from when you pulse 2 to 3 times to combine the flour, salt and sugar, just before adding butter. So should we use the metal food processor blade when combining the flour mixture and butter?

    • Joanne December 16, 2013, 12:45 pm

      The blade is the same. We don’t switch it. The standard blade should be used. (I think it is just the lighting of the video that makes it look like we changed it).

  • Deb December 3, 2013, 4:45 pm

    Would the crust still be flaky if an aluminum pie pan is used?

    • Joanne December 4, 2013, 11:05 am

      Yep, we have used an aluminum pie pan and had no issues.

  • Kathy Reynolds November 30, 2013, 10:37 am

    I loved it. Will make it again.

  • Melissa November 27, 2013, 12:35 pm

    I’m about to make this crust and I’m super excited! However I don’t have kosher salt…I have fine ground sea salt (which seems to be a tiny bit more course than table salt), or I have regular table salt. Will either of these work??

    • Joanne November 29, 2013, 11:19 am

      You can definitely use table salt. 1 teaspoon fine sea or table salt = about 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt. Hope that helps.

  • Vickie L November 26, 2013, 10:16 pm

    I used this recipe for pumpkin pie and was absolutely glad i did. The outcome of my crust was flaky, flavorful, and beautiful. This recipe is so easy to follow and is delicious. Because i was making pumpkin pie which does not have a top layering of crust, i made 2 pies. I will use this recipe for my future pies, especially apple pie. The only mistake i made was when i cooked the crust alone for 2-3 minutes in the oven, i could already see the crust forming a flaky texture. The crust on the edge slowly crushed together which was difficult to put in the filling for the pie. But i stretched it out and fixed the pie.
    I recommend this recipe to all looking for a flaky and easy to make pie crust.

    • Joanne November 29, 2013, 11:22 am

      Awesome! We’re so glad the crust came out well for you :)

  • laura November 18, 2013, 2:21 pm

    The pie looks beautiful, however, so I think it worked :)

  • laura November 18, 2013, 12:27 pm

    I sure hope mine works! I did not end up with a doughy consistency with the first butter/flour processing. It was like there wasn’t enough butter even though I used exactly 1 cup/227 grams. i have such rotten luck w/ homemade piecrusts, but I’m determined to succeed!

  • Georgia November 12, 2013, 12:52 pm

    I made a batch of this crust by hand for a cranberry apple pie over the weekend. One word: AMAZING. It was so easy and yielded the most flaky, buttery crust. Loved it, and your tutorials were so helpful! This will be my go-to recipe for here on out. I’ll be sharing it tomorrow on my Links I Love post!

    • Joanne November 12, 2013, 5:55 pm

      Awesome! So glad it worked well for you :)

  • Sharon September 27, 2013, 11:41 pm

    Hi Adam & Joanne, do you do anything to prepare the pie dish beforehand to stop the crust sticking?

    • Joanne September 30, 2013, 3:05 pm

      No, there is enough butter in the crust. Did your crust stick?

  • John September 26, 2013, 12:22 pm

    Is there anything about this method that makes it a problem if the recipe is doubled for a two-crust pie?

    • Joanne September 30, 2013, 3:10 pm

      This recipe above is for a two-crust pie. You should be set :)

  • Faye September 8, 2013, 1:43 am

    This is my new favorite pie crust recipe! I’ve tested it out against other recipes and this one worked the best for me. I used the Food Processor method and put my flour in the freezer to help keep everything cold. Love it!!

    • Joanne September 8, 2013, 3:09 pm

      Awesome! So glad you found us :)

  • bonnie August 25, 2013, 12:47 pm

    hey what if i want to make individual pies in a muffin pan? cook time or temp change? ill still make the same amount of dough but will these burn up fast?

    • Adam August 27, 2013, 4:08 pm

      Hi there — It’s hard to tell without testing a full recipe. The baking time will definitely be shorter and we’d suggest reducing the temperature by 25 to 50 degrees F.

  • Michael August 19, 2013, 4:53 pm

    Wow, looks great, I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    thank you for the recipe and all the instructions, tips.

  • Lourena July 25, 2013, 9:29 pm

    Delish! Thank you for the recipe! My pie tasted really good!!!

  • Theresa June 29, 2013, 11:42 am

    How long do you bake crust? I’m making a fresh strawberry pie.

    • Adam June 29, 2013, 2:42 pm

      The length of time to bake the crust will vary depending on the pie recipe you are using. We actually have a strawberry pie recipe and we bake it for 20-30 minutes. Here is the link to our strawberry pie recipe.

  • Jennifer Kaiser June 17, 2013, 1:39 am

    Awesome crust recipe.


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