Homemade Pie Crust
This recipe is short, sweet and simple. Butter, flour and salt is all you need to make your own delicious, buttery, soft and flaky crust for your next pie or pastry project. This recipe makes enough for about 2 sheets of crust.
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup butter (two sticks) really cold!
- Roughly 1 cup ice water
Cut your butter into small little cubes. Put the cubes in a bowl and stick in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Add water to a bowl with ice cubes to start chilling as well.
Combine flour and salt and frozen butter in a bowl. Using a pastry cutter (or a food processor works too!), cut the butter into the flour until it forms a crumb texture. (This should only take a few pulses in the food processor).
If using food processor, pour out crumb mixture into a bowl. Start adding 1 tablespoon of ice water at a time to the mixture, and use your hands to combine until a dough comes together. You should probably need somewhere between 5-10 tablespoons of water. Don’t overwork the dough, stop as soon as it comes together and there’s no more flour on the bottom of the bowl.
Sprinkle flour over a clean, flat work surface and pour dough out. Use a floured rolling pin to flatten the dough to the shape and thickness you want. Place 1 layer in a greased pie pan.
Add your filling to the pie, add the top layer of crust (or cut into lattices or shapes first). Bake in a 375F oven for at least 45 minutes until your crust is golden brown on top. **SEE NOTES**
*I usually use a food processor when making this dough just because it saves so much time and energy, and comes out just as well!
*Once the edges of your crust start to brown in the oven, you’ll want to cover them with foil strips for the remainder of the cooking time to avoid burning.