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How To Make Pie Crust

  • Author: Erin Clarkson
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours
  • Yield: Two Single Pie Crusts
  • Category: Pie
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


This is a step by step guide on how to make easy homemade pie crust. It covers all the tips and tricks for how to make your own homemade pie dough from scratch, including how to make ahead, how to freeze and store pie crust, and a perfect all-butter pie crust recipe! This recipe makes enough for two single crust pies or one double crust pie - freeze any excess!


  • 375g all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 2 tsp (8g) sugar
  • 225g cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 240g cold water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 60g Apple cider vinegar


  1. Place flour, sugar and salt into a large bowl. Cut butter into chunks, and add to the flour. Toss lightly to coat.
  2. Incorporate the butter. Working quickly, using a pastry blender or  your thumb and fingers, cut the butter into the flour mixture until there are only large pea-sized chunks left. You want a few lumps of butter remaining to keep the pastry nice and tender.
  3. Add the water and mix the pie dough. Combine ice, water and cider vinegar in a bowl. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of the ice water into the flour and butter mixture, and using a stiff spatula or your hands, mix in well. Continue adding water a tablespoon at a time ( I usually start with about 120g liquid, mix that in, then go from there and add additional liquid as needed) until you have a dough that holds together well, but is not too wet.
  4. Shape the pie dough. Squeeze together with your fingertips to make a homogenous dough. Shape into a rectangle, Rest in the fridge for one hour.
  5. Laminate the pie dough. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a rectangle, fold it in thirds like a letter, then roll again and repeat the folding. Repeat this process one more time. Divide the dough into two pieces, and shape each into a disc by folding the edges under. Rewrap tightly in plastic, and rest for at least two hours, or preferably overnight, before using. Store pie crust in the fridge for up to 3 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Makes enough pie crust for one double crust pie, or two single crust pies.  If you double the recipe, you may not need to double the quantity of water and vinegar - see how much you have left first and make up more if needed

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