Homemade Pie Crust From Scratch: Easy Pie Dough Recipe

This very basic pie crust is simple to make, uses few ingredients, and can be prepared ahead of time and frozen. It can be used as a base for any dish, savory or sweet, and is great to keep on hand for a last minute quiche or chocolate cream pie.

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Yield: 1 pie crust top and bottom
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 23 cup water — very cold
  • 2 23 cups flour
  • 19 tablespoons butter — very cold
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 23 cup water — very cold
  • 2 23 cups flour
  • 19 tablespoons butter — very cold
Instructions
  • Mix salt and water together to dissolve and keep cold in refrigerator.
  • Mix butter into flour until the size of peas using hands.
  • Add water to flour/butter mixture and mix until shaggy – just enough to bring together.
  • Divide dough into two portions, flattened into discs and wrapped in plastic.
  • Refrigerate a minimum of 2 hours. Dough can also be frozen at this point.
  • Roll each piece, rotating 45 degrees between each roll to ensure an even, round circle.

Partial Blind Bake (most pies): line frozen pastry shell with parchment or aluminum foil and pie weights or dry beans. Bake about 20 minutes at 350°F, until no dense or opaque areas are left. Remove parchment and weights and continue baking about 5 more minutes.

Full Blind Bake (cream pies): Bake with parchment and weights as above for about 25 minutes. Remove parchment and weights and continue baking about 5-10 minutes.

*if using a ceramic pie dish, allow it to sit at room temperature for 5 minutes after refrigeration to avoid cracking the dish in the hot oven