Pie Crust Recipe

Restaurant Pie Crust

A basic Pie Crust Recipe is easy, but will give you a delicious, flaky pie crust. There are dozens of ways to make a crust, but this recipe is straight forward and very good.

Many people who like to cook make their own crusts from scratch if they have time. But when time is short some people now purchase pre-made refrigerated dough from the supermarkets.

Using shortening is now even better than before because Crisco's new shortening contains 0 trans-fats.

Pie Crust Recipe

Restaurant Dessert Recipe

Preparation time: 20 minutes. Makes one pie crust.


  • 1 1/4 cups of flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons shortening (use Crisco's new no trans-fat shortening, its in a green can)
  • 1/4 cup of ice water


  • Combine flour and salt in a mixing bowl
  • Add shortening and blend with a pastry blender until crumbly and size of peas
  • Slowly add ice water (about a table spoon at a time) until the mixture holds together (do not make dough too dry or too wet. Handle dough gently or it will be tough)
  • Form the dough into a ball
  • Press the dough down and roll it out into a circle about 1/8 inch thick on a lightly floured surface or pastry cloth
  • Ease the dough into the pie plate and gently press it on the bottom and sides of the pan and use a kitchen shears to trim over-hanging pastry about 1/2 - 3/4 inch from the plates edge (see picture)
  • Then tuck this "extra" dough underneath itself so it comes to the edge of the pan and then "flute" the edge (see picture)

To Bake Without The Filling: Prick the crust with a fork all over (bottom and sides)

  • Line the dough with aluminum foil and fill with dry beans (see picture)
  • Bake at 450 degrees F for 5 minutes and then remove the beans and foil
  • Bake 5-6 minutes longer or until golden

To Bake With Filling:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  • Do not prick the dough as above
  • Fill and bake as directed by the specific recipe

Enjoy this Crust Recipe and the pies you make with it and the company of those you share them with!


"Cut my pie into four pieces. I don't think I could eat eight."

Yogi Berra