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Easy Homemade Pie Crust – buttery and flaky

Easy Homemade Pie Crust – buttery and flaky

The eggs have disappeared. Luckily, no eggs are required for this Easy Homemade Pie Crust recipe.  

We are currently living in weird times.  Grocery shelves are scant from necessities and one can easily tell who the hoarders are during check out.  I hope it calms down for all of us soon. I hope this pie crust recipe brings some comfort.

The main ingredients to make pie dough are flour, butter, and water.  Salt and sugar are only used for flavoring.

How to make a buttery and flaky pie crust

I’ve included two instructions for pie crust using a food processor and pie crust by hand in the recipe below.

This pie crust has no shortening and uses all butter, but what if you don’t have butter? Oil can be used as a substitute as well as shortening.  The texture of crust is different depending on what fat is used for the recipe.

The  trick for a flaky pie crust is to always keep all your ingredients cold and don’t over incorporate your fat in the flour.

More about this very easy pie crust

  • makes one 9 inch pie crust or a dozen cupcake sized pies
  • instructions for making pie dough by hand or by food processor is included in the recipe
  • all ingredients need to be chilled for a flakier crust
  • butter should not melt when making the pie dough
  • if butter starts to melt while rolling or shaping the dough, stick it back in the fridge
  • don’t fully combine butter, little knobs of butter should be seen marbling the pie dough

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Here are the many ways to use this butter pie crust recipe

  • Press the dough on muffin tins, bake then fill with jam
  • Flatten and cut into squares and make pop tarts 
  • Cut into circles and make empanadas or meat pies
  • Bake Pie cookies with fruit filling
  • Make sweet or savory pie tarts 
  • Flatten with rolling pin, sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, roll, cut, bake
  • Try making delicious apple pie cookies by An Italian in my Kitchen here
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Easy Homemade Pie Crust – buttery and flaky

A very easy butter pie crust recipe that’s flaky and buttery.  If butter is not available, oils or shortening can be used. 
  • Author: AmusingMaria
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 20
  • Yield: 9 inch pie crust
  • Category: breads
  • Method: pie

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar (optional)
1/2 cup medium cubed butter, frozen
1/4 cup water with 1 ice cube

Instructions

Instructions by Hand

  • Combine dry ingredients in a bowl
  • Mix with whisk or spatula
  • Chill in freezer least 5-10 minutes
  • Add butter, combine to evenly distribute
  • Add water and combine with fork
  • Dump on lightly flour surface
  • knead lightly to combine ingredients
  • check consistency
  • pie dough should not be wet but still hold together when squeezed
  • add water per teaspoon if needed
  • shape into a disk 
  • wrap pie dough with plastic wrap
  • store in refrigerator at least 30 minutes or freezer
  • use as needed

Instructions for Food Processor

  • Add all dry ingredients bowl
  • Pulse about 5 times to combine
  • Remove from base
  • Place bowl in freezer for 5 minutes
  • Attach bowl to processor
  • Add butter and pulse 5 times
  • Add 4 tablespoons water 
  • pulse 5 times
  • check consistency
  • pie dough should not be wet but still hold together when squeezed
  • add water per teaspoon if needed
  • dump dough on lightly floured surface
  • shape into disk
  • wrap pie dough with plastic wrap
  • store in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or freezer
  • use as needed

Notes

don’t fully combine butter, little knobs of butter should be seen marbling the pie dough

Keywords: very easy pie crust, flaky pie crust, homemade pie crust

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