Sweet Saturday: Easy, Flaky Pie Crust

While I have shared many recipes on this blog and cook even more often at home, I have a cooking confession to make. Making my own pie crust scares me to death. If you’ve seen my recipes for Caramel Apple Pie or Strawberry Tart, you might have noticed that I used premade pie crust. I’ve used premade crust for the last 20+ years because I’m afraid to make crust.

Easy, Flaky Pie CrustI was around 18 years old the last time I attempted to make a pie crust. I failed. It was awful. Every attempt to roll out the crust resulted in a mess. If it stuck too much, I added flour to help me. It got to the point, though, that adding flour made the crust impossible to roll out because it was too stiff. I tried to make a crust once more with the same result. When I discovered roll out crusts, I figured I would never do it again.

While I do like the ease of a roll out crust in the refrigerated section of my grocery store, there are some limitations. When trying to make my Apple Dumplings, I was a bit short on the amount of crust I needed. It was then that I decided I needed to attempt to make pie crust again. 

This time, I had no problems. None at all. I found the process quick and easy. The only difference between then and now (since the recipe was the same) is experience. I’m a much more experienced baker and cook. 

I’ve got to say that I love this recipe. It comes from my grandma who was amazing in the kitchen. The pie crust came out perfect and flaky. So flaky that when I tried to remove the pie from the oven, I flaked some of the crust off. Oops! And, as for the taste, it made the pie I made taste even better than usual. Maybe there is something to making your own crust.

To make the crust, I added 2 1/2 cups flour to a bowl as well as 1/4 teaspoon salt and mixed them together with a wooden spoon. Easy, Flaky Pie CrustThen, I cut in 1 cup butter-flavored shortening and added 1/3 cup water (plus more as needed, but no more than 1/2 cup). Using my hands, I blended everything together. Easy, Flaky Pie CrustI divided the pie dough into 2 balls. Easy, Flaky Pie CrustAfter flouring the surface of my counter and then my rolling pin, I rolled out one ball of dough. If the dough got sticky, I sprinkled just a little more flour on the dough. Easy, Flaky Pie Crust

Finally, I transferred the crust to the pie plate. I had enough dough from one ball to fill a 9-inch pie pan. Easy, Flaky Pie CrustI baked a pecan pie using the crust and it came out amazing! Flaky, tasty, and a perfect complement to my pie. 

Easy, Flaky Pie Crust
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
  1. 2 1/2 C. flour
  2. 1/4 tsp salt
  3. 1 C. butter-flavored shortening
  4. 1/3 to 1/2 cup water
  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour in salt.
  2. Add the shortening. Blend using a pastry cutter (or two knives).
  3. Add 1/3 cup water. Using hands to mix together then roll into a ball. Add more water if needed (no more than 1/2 cup).
  4. Divide pie dough into two for 2 9-inch pie crusts.
  5. Rolls out easily when you are ready to make a pie crust. Use small amounts of flour, as necessary, to prevent sticking.
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About Denise

Hi! I'm Denise, a 40+ year old SAHM trying to navigate the world of motherhood. I blog about parenting, food, and have been featured a few times on BlogHer. I enjoys solving mysteries (Okay..reading mysteries or watching them on TV), cooking, and drinking way too much caffeine than I should. Basically, anything I needs to do to survive the toddler years.



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  1. My grandma owned two restaurants and she was known for her fabulous down home cooking but it was her pies that everyone would rave about. The crust was so tender and flaky, just an all round melt in your mouth experience.. Her down home cooking skills, I got, her pies.. Not so much, as in NOT.AT.ALL. My pie crust, no matter the recipe, always turns out like shoe leather! BUT, you said you failed until you tried this recipe so I too will try this and I’ll link back and come back and tell you how mine turned out. Fingers, eyes and toes all crossed hoping it happens for me! – Stopping by from Bloppy Bloggers. Happy Sunday!
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