Pie Crust Basics with Step-by-step photo instructions that will have you making homemade pie dough from scratch in minutes!
Pie Crust Basics
Today, we’re going to discuss the essential Pie Crust Basics to help you learn how easy it is to make homemade pie dough for your favorite pie recipes.
For some people making homemade pie crust is a scary process. It was for me also until a few years ago when I decided I was going to conquer my fears and learn to make my own pie crust.
I found a great video online and actually set up my computer on the kitchen counter and worked right alongside the video and my pie crust came out terrific…the very first time.
Helpful Kitchen Tools
- Pastry Dough Blender
- Stainless Steel Metal Bowls – these really help keep the flour and shortening cool while you’re mixing.
- Stainless Steel Measuring Spoons and Cups
- Pastry Mat – to help you roll out the dough to the proper size for the delicious pies you’re going to make!
How to Make Homemade Pie Crust Dough
Pie Crust Basics with step-by-step photo instructions:
Keep adding the water one tablespoon at a time until it begins to form a ball and pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it doesn’t, you need to add more water. Do not dump everything on the counter and try to knead the dough into a shape. This was where I always made my mistake. The dough needs to come to a ball in the bowl for perfect pie crust!
Yes, a nice ball of pie crust. Flatten out the ball into a disc shape and wrap in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to use. You can also freeze the pie crust at this point.
- 1 cup flour
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/3 cup shortening
- Ice cold water about three to four tablespoons
Combine the flour and salt together.
Using a pastry blender or two forks combine the shortening into the flour until it looks like cornmeal.
Using a fork, add the water one tablespoon at a time and incorporate the water into the flour/shortening mixture.
Keep adding the water, one tablespoon at a time, and keep stirring until the dough begins to come together, pulling away from the sides of the bowl and forming a ball of dough.
Remove the ball of dough from your bowl and shape it into a flat disc.
Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for about an hour before using.
I like to have a bowl of water with ice cubes in the refrigerator ready to use once the shortening and flour is combined completely. That way I know the water is as cold as it can be. You want very cold water for a flaky pie crust.
Now that you know HOW to make homemade pie dough, let’s learn how to make it pretty with Pie Crust Basics Part Two.
Use your homemade pie crust to make delicious pies for your family this Thanksgiving or try these yummy Mini Pumpkin Pies…