Four Easy Steps to making homemade flaky pie crust

Can you make a homemade pie crust?  YES, You Can with these step-by-step instructions including tips.


It is never easy to make things homemade but when you have the time it is so worth it.  My challenge is for you to make this homemade pie crust.  Your family will notice the difference.  They will know that you took the time to create something extra special for them.  You will be recreating precious memories of time spent with their mother or grandmother eating homemade pie.  You will also be creating new memories for your children.  Involve your family in the process; they will enjoy rolling out the dough.  Take this challenge.  You can make homemade pie crust!

Secret To A Flaky Pie Crust Is Vinegar

  • This pie crust is incredibly flaky.  Yes, a little vinegar is a secret!!  The more vinegar, the flakier the pie crust but you may want to start with a tablespoon of Vinegar.  It can get too flakey to work with.
  • Use ice cold water so that the water does not melt the butter.  The solid butter makes the crust flaky.

Pie Dough Tips:

  • The more you work pie dough, the tougher it gets, so try not to reroll the dough.
  • If you are making only one single pie crust, wrap and freeze the other piece of dough for later use.  It will keep well in the freezer for up to two months.

Rolling Out The Pie Dough

When rolling homemade flakey pie dough out, roll out half of the dough on a lightly floured surfaced to a round shape 1/8 inch thick.  Carefully fold into quarters or wrap the dough over a rolling pin and transfer to it to a pie plate.   Another option for transferring the dough, roll the dough out on a parchment or wax paper.  Then you can just lift the paper and flip the dough into the pie dish.   Trim the edges to leave an overhang of about 1/2 inch.  Fold the extra under and crimp edges.  If the oven is heating up, refrigerate the pie shell.

To Pre-Bake Pie Shell

Line the pie shell with parchment paper and fill will the bottom of the pie plate with dried beans or pie weights.

Bake the pie shell at 325 degrees for 18 to 20 minutes.  The dough should look fairly dry but not brown.  Remove from the oven.  Scoop out the dried beans or pie weights and parchment paper.  Save the beans!  They can be used over and over.

Place the pie dough in the refrigerator

Place the pie dough in the refrigerator.

Divide the dough into two equal parts. This will be enough dough to make 2 pie crust. //

Divide the dough into two equal parts. This will be enough dough to make two pie crust.

Cut in the shortening.

Cut in the shortening.

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This super flaky pie crust makes two.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Resting time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best pie, best pie crust, flaky pie crust, peanut butter pie, pie crust, pies
Servings: 2 pies
Calories: 1590kcal
Author: Diane @Recipes for our Daily Bread


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup Crisco shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vinegar apple cider
  • 8 TB ice water prepare a cup of ice water and then take six tablespoons from the glass


  • Cut the shortening into flour using a pastry cutter or a fork, add the sugar and the salt.
  • Add the egg, vinegar, and ice water to the center of the flour mixture.
  • Use your hands at this point and make the dough into a ball.
  • Roll out on a lightly floured surface.
  • Makes two pie crusts.


Calories: 1590kcal | Carbohydrates: 143g | Protein: 19g | Fat: 104g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Sodium: 591mg | Potassium: 200mg | Fiber: 5g | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 8.7mg

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