Baking the perfect pie crust is not rocket science and is not at all as complicated as it looks. All you have to do is follow the required steps in a methodical manner. All the quantities and ingredients have to be added in the exact proportion. It is also preferable to use all-purpose flour, instead of whole wheat, as the latter gives tough and gummy dough. In addition, the baking pan should never be greased or sprayed. A very easy and effective way to form the dough is by using a pastry blender. With this, you can obtain the pie crust dough with minimal effort. Given below is our collection of some quick and easy to make pie crust recipes that you can share and enjoy with your friends and family.
How To Make Pie Crust
Easy Pie Crust Recipe
- 3 cups All-purpose Flour
- 1¼ tsp Sugar (optional)
- 1¼ cup Butter (cut in small pieces)
- ½ cup Water (chilled)
- In a large mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients together. To this, add the butter and mix using a pastry blender, until a paste resembling a coarse meal is achieved.
- Next, pour in the water, a little at a time, such that dough of uniform consistency is achieved.
- Wrap this dough in a plastic foil and place it inside the refrigerator for about an hour.
- For the purpose of forming the crust, use a smooth working surface. Roll the dough into a flat disk, of around 2 inches larger than what is required.
- Place the dough disk inside the pie pan and bake at around 375 degrees.
- In case you want the pie shells to be partially baked, place the rolled dough inside the oven for around 10 to 14 minutes.
- If you want it crisp and fully baked piecrust, the time limit should be set at around 15 to 17 minutes.
- To hold down the piecrust, make use of a foil pan that is the same size as that of the pie pan and place it in the crust for the initial 6 minutes.
- When the edges of the crust begin to color, take the pan out and bake the crust to achieve the desired brownness.
Flaky Pie Crust Recipe
- 4 cups All-purpose Flour
- 1 ¼ cups Solid Vegetable Shortening
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 cup Cool Water
- In a large mixing bowl, mix flour and salt and add the vegetable shortening in a well made in the center of the bowl.
- Coat your hands with flour and carefully blend the shortening into the flour, using circular and rubbing movements. Try not to melt the shortening with the heat of your hands, by maintaining the least amount of contact with it.
- Now, slowly add in the water, to form a soft ball of dough. However, do not knead the dough, as you do during bread making. Work the dough as little as possible.
- Make three or four equal portions of the dough, wrap them in a plastic cover and store in the refrigerator.
- Sprinkle some flour over the working surface and coat the ball of dough with the flour. Roll the ball to obtain a round shape,around 4 inches larger than the baking pan.
- Carefully place the rolled dough inside the pan and trim off any edges, if required.
- Place the pan inside the oven and bake to obtain the desired crispness and color. Check the pan in between, to ensure that the piecrust is not overdone.