How to Make a Pie Crust from Scratch


How to Make a Pie Crust from Scratch

Have you ever wondered how those top-notch bakers make certain things look so simple? Making a pie crust isn't rocket science, but it for novice bakers, it can certainly feel that way. With this easy guide, you'll learn how to make a pie crust from scratch in no time! This easy pie crust recipe will come in handy for more occasions that you can possibly imagine. It's one of the building blocks of baking that every chef, young and old, needs to know. Learn how to make a pie crust from this basic pie crust recipe and not only will you be set when the holidays and other special events come around, but you'll be able to impress your friends with your new skills in the kitchen. The next step will be learning how to make pie filling, which is also relatively simple once you have the tools.

Our easy pie crust recipe is perfect for using in all kinds of pie recipes. From blueberry pies to apple pies, even no-bake pies and everything in between, this recipe will give you a perfect, flaky and buttery crust that will complement any pie recipe your heart desires. This is also a great recipe to give to someone as a gift. Type up the recipe and stuff your pre-made pie dough in mason jars, fasten the recipe to the jar and give it out around the holidays. Using only 6 ingredients, this is one of the more basic pie crust recipes out there, making it simple enough for anyone to master.

Cooking MethodBaking


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup butter flavored shortening (use plain if desired)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons ice cold water
  • 1 teaspoon distilled water


  1. Here's what you'll need:

  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, salt and shortening.

  3. With a pastry cutter, cut in the shortening. 

  4. Continue cutting the mixture until the texture resembles that of peas.

  5. Beat egg in a small bowl and add to the flour mixture. 

  6. Add vinegar and 3 tablespoons of cold water.

  7. Blend mixture just until completely moistened.  Add remaining 2 tablespoons of water if mixture is still dry.  

  8. A soft dough will form.

  9. Turn out onto the counter and pat into 2 disks.

  10. Wrap each disk and refrigerate until ready to use. Roll out as desired. *For an extra flaky crust, freeze for about 20 minutes before rolling out.

3 Easy Pie Recipes

Now that you've learned how to make a pie crust from scratch, it's time to put your skills to the test! We've gathered three of our favorite full pie recipes for you convenience. Try any of these reader-favorite pie recipes out for yourself and see just how delicious a fully homemade pie can be! The end result is even sweeter when you can say you made everything from scratch. Check you out!

  1. Easy Strawberry Refrigerator Pie
    Creamy and fluffy, the strawberry filling comes together with the help of strawberry-flavored gelatin, water, sugar and cornstarch. When you're all done preparing your pie, you'll need to chill it in the fridge until it sets. Fresh berries, whipped cream and mint leaves make for a beautiful garnish.

  2. Old-Fashioned Funeral Pie
    Made year round, this classic Amish dish is loaded with sweet flavors that work perfectly together. Made with cinnamon, Allspice and a handful of raisins, Old Fashioned Funeral Pie is rich and moist, and sure to be a hit with the whole family. Additionally, this recipe calls for orange juice, brown sugar, and chopped walnuts, which makes this recipe something quite special.

  3. Presidential Apple Pie
    This Presidential Apple Pie is so divine and beautifully-crafted, it's fit for the very best. Made classically-delicious with ingredients you already love, and a little added pizzaz where presentation is concerned, this recipe was inspired by an actual white house chef. Fancy that! This stunning pie gets its reputation from the crust, which requires your time and attention. Trust us, it’s worth it! 

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