Introduction: Simple Pie Crust

This easy pie crust recipe makes one double or two single pie crusts. Bake according to type of filling and size of pie plate.


2 cups All-purpose Flour
3/4 cup Vegetable Shortening
4-6 tbsp Water
Pinch of Salt

You Will Also Need:

Rolling Pin
Pastry Cutter
Pie Plate
Pie Filling

Step 1: Sift

Sift together 2 cups flour and a pinch of salt in a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Shortening

Cut 3/4 cup vegetable shortening, cube and add to sifted flour.

Step 3: Make Pastry

Mix in the shortening using the pastry cutter, then add cold water 2 tbsp at a time until moist enough to roll into a ball.

Step 4: Roll Out

Split your ball of pastry dough into two smaller balls.

Sprinkle a cutting board or your counter with flour and using a rolling pin, flatten one of the smaller balls of dough until it is large enough to cover your pie plate.

Step 5: Top or Not

Roll out the second ball of dough and set aside to cover your filled pie (apple or peach), cut into strips for a lattice-top pie (cherry or blueberry) or cover a second pie plate to make two uncovered pies (pumpkin or lemon).

Step 6: Fill 'Er Up

Add the pie filling to your crust.

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Step 7: Add the Lattice

Put the top on your pie using a few drops of water when needed to secure to the crust. Trim. Bake.

Step 8: Serve

Once your pie has cooled serve and enjoy.

Depending on the size of your pie and choice of filling, use any leftover dough to make mini tarts or empanadas.