How To Make a Pie Crust

December 03, 2013 4

How To Make a Pie Crust

Say goodbye to store-bought pie crusts and start making your own. The end result is not just a way more delicious crust, but also an increased level of self-satisfaction from making your own. There’s just something about making my own pie crust that makes me feel like a pro.

Sam the Cooking Guy


  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield:
  • Serving Size: Make one 8" pie crust


  • 1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 8 Tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 4-5 Tablespoons ice water


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (with the flat beater) stir together the flour, sugar and salt.
  2. Add the butter and mix on medium-low speed until the texture resembles small peas.
  3. Slowly add just enough water and mix on low until the dough pulls together – but don’t overwork the dough or it will be tough.
  4. Remove dough from bowl, pat into a ball and flatten into a disk.
  5. Lightly flour your work surface, and dust the top of the dough.
  6. Using a rolling pin, roll into a 12 - inch circle, with flour as needed to prevent sticking.
  7. Use dough as needed.

Comments (4)

  1. Hey Elizabeth – the easy answer is simply to double the recipe and use as much as you need. I realize you won’t use all of it, but the leftover part can be frozen for another day or turned into a jillion different things – leftover turkey pies, a stuffed hand-held pie like a pastie with chicken or even just vegetbles, and as long as you wrap it well it’ll live in the freezer quite happily for about 4 months.

    - Sam the Cooking Guy
  2. Sam, this crust recipe is fine, but it’s small. i need a larger recipe, as I like to use 10″ pie plates and want one that gives a nice, flaky crust. (It looks like you’re holding a deep dish pie plate.) I’m not satisfied with what I’ve been doing. Can you help me?

    - Elizabeth Weber
  3. Something to put around the edge of the crust

    - Robin Keller
  4. love sam, he’s the man! easy quick delish recipes always miss him on the tube 🙁 but shore am glad he is on my laptop….happy holidays to you and your familia and of course your puppies, 😀

    - DEE

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