I will show you exactly how to make the BEST Homemade Flaky Pie Crust of your life! It is so buttery and tender, it just melts in your mouth. I will explain everything you need to know, with tons of step-by-step photos to guide you through the recipe. It’s not as hard as you think, it just takes some practice and remembering a few key steps (like keeping everything cold!) It never fails! Originally posted October 7, 2020.

two rounds of flaky pie crust stacked shot from the side.

My brother was helping with dishes after dinner the other day, and was dismayed to see two pie plates in the sink. “How is it possible that you made two pies and I didn’t get any??” I explained that I was using the pie plates to dredge chicken that I was frying, when I made this Ultra Crispy Chicken Parmesan. He was mollified. 

I can understand his indignation though. There is no rage quite like missing-out-on-pie-rage.

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slice of apple pie with homemade flaky pie crust next to a metal fork.

Those two pie plates (that didn’t even contain pie) are nothing compared to the dishes I’ve produced this week. I’ve dubbed it Pie Week. I’ve used every pie plate I own making and testing pies. I’ve baked pies and removed them immediately to different containers just because I needed that particular pie plate for the next pie. SO MUCH PIE.

buttery flaky pie crust in a white ceramic pie pan next to a sliced, partially unwrapped stick of butter shot from above.

But I’ve finally done it. After nine years of blogging (9 years, y’all!!!! Anniversary post coming soon. I always bake myself a Food Charlatan birthday cake. This year it’s a spice cake, get ready it’s legit.) (UPDATE, Spice Cake is live!)

Anyway, after 9 years of blogging I’ve finally written down all the steps (and taken a bajillion photos) of my beloved pie crust recipe. I’ve written this recipe and the basic instructions out for every pie on my site, but it’s time to dive deep and get into all the details of how to get the perfect pie crust! It really does deserve it’s own post. Let’s get into it!

How to make buttery Flaky Pie Crust

First we’re going to start by adding some flour, sugar, and salt to a large bowl. I use 2 tablespoons of sugar for sweet pies, and 1 tablespoon of sugar for savory pies like this Chicken Pot Pie.

flour, salt, and sugar in a bowl for pie crust.

Whisk it together and then add in your fat. I like to use a mix of shortening and butter. We’re going to take a hot minute to talk about these glorious lipids.

Why I don’t make my Flaky Pie Crust with only butter

The short answer is because I don’t hate myself. Just kidding! Lately it seems really trendy in the food world to use all butter for everything baked, because shortening will kill you, or whatever. I just say moderation in all things. (Plus, I’m never going to stop eating Oreos, and those are made with shortening, sooo…)

Here’s the thing: butter melts. If you put a pat of butter in your hand, how long would it take to melt completely? Just a couple minutes probably. Well, the same thing will happen to the butter in your pie crust as you’re rolling it out. Melty butter= melty crust= angry baker.

butter and shortening in a bowl of flour, ready to be blended.

American butter is only 80% fat. Lard and shortening are 100% fat. Lard is 100% made from animals (and I hear it adds tons of flavor, though I’ve never tried it) whereas shortening, such as Crisco, is made from vegetable oil.

What is the secret to flaky pie crust?

The melting point of lard is lower than butter, which means that more air and steam are released during the bake time. This gives a flakier texture in your pie crust, exactly what we want!

So why use butter at all? Because FLAVOR. Nothing tastes quite as delicious as butter. So the answer is to use both! I like to use 8 tablespoons of shortening to 12 tablespoons of butter.

1. Cut the shortening and butter into the flour mixture

So now that I’ve explained a little bit about the fats used in pie crust, it’s time to add it into the flour mixture. Use a pastry cutter to CUT the butter and shortening into the flour. We are not creaming. We are not mixing. We are cutting and don’t you forget it. Your mixture should look like this:

pea sized pieces of butter and shortening cut into flour in a bowl for pie crust.

You want various sized pieces of fat, about the size of a pea, or even bigger. Little pockets of fat in your pie is what makes it tender and flaky.

2. Use egg as some of your liquid

So now that we’ve got all our fat cut into our flour, it’s time to bring it all together with a little bit of liquid. Some recipes use just ice water (again, butter melts; so cold water is essential to keep everything chilled). Some recipes call for vodka or other liquor. But I like to use a mixture of egg and ice water.

pouring beaten egg into a 1/4 cup measuring cup.
I like to use 2 tablespoons beaten egg in my pie dough.

Why egg? Because eggs taste amazing. They add a richness to your pie crust that you won’t get with just water, and result in a super tender crust. Also, eggs are binders. There is a reason we add eggs to meatloaf: it keeps everything held together. Eggs do the same thing in pie crust.

pouring egg and ice water into pie crust dough.
A mixture of ice water and beaten egg is my favorite for tender pie crust!

You don’t need much. A large egg is about 4 tablespoons of liquid. I only use 2 tablespoons of beaten egg in my crust. Save the rest for brushing on top of your pie right before baking.

3. Knead your flaky pie crust together

Now that we’ve got the liquid in, it’s time to knead. Use a spatula for the first part, trying to mix together the flour and the wet part together. But at some point your going to have to dig in there with your hands.

mixing together shaggy pie dough in a glass bowl, pressing together with hands.
The top picture is what I could get done with a spatula; the bottom is after working it with my hands.

I like to do it right there in the bowl. Coat your hand with flour and start pressing the dough together. Keep working it, gathering up the little bits of flour and butter from the bottom, and kneading it until it comes together in a ball. If you have kneaded 8-10 times and it’s still not coming together, add more ice water about 1-2 teaspoons at a time. I hardly ever add extra ice water, but this does depend on climate. The point is, don’t add too much, or you will make your pie dough too sticky.

Cutting pie dough in half with a knife in a glass bowl.

Shape it into a ball and then cut it in half, then shape each half into a disc. This is what you need to make one double-crust pie. If you only need a single pie crust, put the other one in a ziplock and toss it in the freezer for your next pie. It will keep for 3 months. (Thaw on the counter or in the fridge, still in the sealed bag to retain moisture.) See my post for How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust for tips on pre baking and fluting a single crust pie.

pie dough cut down the center so you can see bits of butter; two pie discs stacked.
You can see the beautiful bits of butter and shortening all through the dough.

4. Keep Everything Chilled, Especially Yourself!

Now it’s time to chill for about 30 minutes. As Kate from Art of the Pie says, “Keep Everything Chilled, Especially Yourself!” I love this! Pie making is a learning process, and you will have more fun if you keep yourself a little chilled out! It’s also imperative that you take the time to chill your dough throughout the process. Rolling out and shaping your pie crust is SO much easier with slightly chilled dough. If you are having trouble rolling out your crust, or if your lattice is falling apart, clear out some space in your fridge or freezer and toss the whole thing in to chill out.

5. Roll out the dough for this flaky pie crust recipe

Prepare a work surface with plenty of flour. You can do it straight on your counter, or use a pastry cloth (my preference) or roll it out on a sheet of parchment paper.

disc of chilled pie dough sprinkled with flour ready to be rolled out.

Let the dough sit at room temperature for just a couple minutes to take the chill off. Start rolling from the center moving out. If you notice cracks forming on the edge, use your fingers to mold them back together.

using your fingers to mold cracked pie dough back together.

Rotate your rolling pin a quarter turn every time you roll. This will create a circle shape instead of a lopsided pie dough.

rotating rolling pin while rolling out pie dough.

Take the time to dust the pie dough with flour whenever things start getting sticky. Before the circle gets too large, flip the dough over and dust your work surface again, to make sure nothing is sticking. You can do this a couple times throughout the rolling process if needed. There is really nothing sadder than rolling out a perfect circle and then realizing it’s stuck to the counter.

sprinkling flour on pie dough to roll out.

Another tip to avoid tearing your dough is to use your fingers to rub excess butter and flour off of your rolling pin. A clean rolling pin is essential for rolling out the dough.

using ice water to fix a crack on pie dough.

A general rule for rolling out pie crust is that when things are too sticky, add a bit of flour. When things are cracking and dry or won’t come together, add a bit of ice water. You can see in the photo above how I’m am fixing that crack with a drop of ice water. Rub some flour on it after you fix the crack, to make sure it doesn’t stick.

best flaky pie crust rolled out with butter visible.

You should be able to see visible pieces of butter and shortening in your pie crust dough as you roll it out.

measuring a pie crust using a ruler to 13 inches round.

Roll your pie dough out to about 13 inches if you are using a 9 inch pie plate.

6. Transfer your pie dough to a pie plate

rolling a pie dough onto a marble rolling pin to transfer to pie plate.

I like to use my rolling pin to transfer the pie crust into the pie plate. Gently roll it on…

placing a pie crust dough in a pie plate using a rolling pin.

And then roll it out on top of the pie plate. Call someone to help move the pie plate into position underneath your rolled crust, if available. Also, you are gonna need moral support. I’ve probably made over 100 pies and this part is still a little nerve-racking. Just remember, if it tears, you can heal those cracks with ice water and flour. It will be okay!

never fail flaky pie crust in a pie pan with a rolling pin.

And here she is. Gently ease the dough into the corners of the pie plate, and press and fold the dough together where it overlaps on itself.

Fluted single easy flaky pie crust in a pan with flour, sliced unwrapped stick of butter, and rolling pin.

At this point, you can flute the edges for a single crust pie. See my post on How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust for more details on how to flute a single pie crust, and how to blind bake pie crust for cream pies and fresh fruit pies. I will show you how to bake it with weights so that is doesn’t bubble in the middle and slump on the edges.

7. Fill your pie

Pie crust filled with strawberries; pie crust filled with apple pie filling.

If you are making a double crust pie, now it’s time to fill ‘er up. You can just leave the dough hanging over the edge of the pie pan. Tuck it over or under if the edges are hanging down long enough that it looks like it’s going to tear. If your filling is not ready, put the whole pie pan in the fridge or freezer.

It’s best to fill a pie with chilled or at least cooled (read: not hot) filling.

single pie crust in a pie pan and a top pie crust on top of a bottom crust and filling.

Once your filling is in, roll out the other chilled crust to about 10-11 inches. Use the rolling pin to transfer the slightly smaller crust on top of the filled pie. OR follow these instructions for How to Make a Lattice Pie Crust! It is so fun.

hand folding edge of pie dough under itself to flute.

8. How to flute a Flaky Pie Crust

Fold your two edges underneath themselves, like so. I know these pie crusts aren’t hanging over as much as the photos above. They are different pies! I told you I made a lot of pies. Anyway, get both edges tucked under nice and neat. (For a lattice pie crust, I like to fold the edges up and over instead of under. See the full lattice post for more details.)

Lots of people will tell you to trim your pie crust. Like, use scissors to cut off little bits of your precious pie crust baby that you just spent forever rolling out, and throw it in the GARBAGE. I say heck no. Fold it under.

a pie crust before crimping and a process shot of how to crimp pie crust with your fingers.

Press the edges together. Then flute the edges of the pie however you like! You can use a fork to press the edges. I like to use this 3 finger method, or some people do this same thing with their knuckles.

using fingers to flute a pie crust.

Don’t stress too much about it. Practice makes perfect, so don’t expect it to look amazing the first time! Also remember that it still has to bake, and it will look good no matter what once you take it out of the oven.

If your pie crust is starting to feel warm or overly soft at this point, take a few minutes (15-30) to chill the whole pie in the fridge or freezer. Cold cold pie dough going into a hot hot oven is what makes a flaky, tender crust!

brushing milk and egg on top of lattice pie crust.

Just before going into the oven, brush the pie with liquid. You can use milk, buttermilk, cream, beaten egg white, beaten egg yolk, a whole beaten egg, or any combination you like. I prefer to use the beaten egg (yolk and white) leftover from what I used in the pie crust, mixed with milk. I do a 1:1 ratio, usually 1 tablespoon beaten egg to 1 tablespoon milk. Beat it up and brush it all over the top of the pie and over the edges of the crust.

raw sugar sprinkled on a lattice pie crust

For sweet pies, I like to sprinkle sugar over the top of the pie crust just after brushing. Raw sugar is my favorite because I like how big the crystals are, but regular white sugar adds a nice crunch too.

savory pie with vented pie crust on a blue and white dish towel.

If you did not lattice your pie crust, use a sharp knife to vent the top of your pie. This allows steam to escape. Make any kind of design you like!

How do I keep my bottom pie crust flaky?

Nobody wants a soggy bottom pie. My favorite trick for avoiding this is to always bake your pie directly on a screaming hot sheet pan. Put the pan in the oven when you start preheating it, so that it is super hot when you put your pie in. The heat from the metal will cook your pie from the bottom, creating a nice cooked and flaky bottom crust. This also serves the double purpose of catching any juices that may bubble over during the bake time.

Bake your pie

Most pies take about 45-60 minutes to bake. Of course this depends on the recipe you’re using, but generally speaking that’s how long it takes to get your pie crust nice and brown on top. I highly recommend doing an initial bake at a high temperature (I like 425), to get the crust nice and brown, and then lowering the temperature to 350 after about 20 minutes to finish it off.

side shot of baked and browned pie crust

Cover your buttery Flaky Pie Crust partway through the bake time

Use foil to create a pie crust cover during the second half of your bake time. This will prevent the edges of the crust from burning, while allowing the center of the pie to continue browning. You can buy pie crust shields, but I actually don’t like them. They are usually made of silicone and sometimes they are heavy enough to damage your beautiful fluting job. Tin foil is super light, can be molded around the crust, and cheap!

how to make a tin foil pie crust shield

I feel like this Cherry Pie for 4th of July looks like it’s heading for outer space. That crust is safe from burning though! Get a square of aluminum foil a little bigger than the size of your pie. Fold it in half, then in half again so that it’s in quarters. Then use scissors to cut out the middle section. When you open it, you will have a square of foil with a circle cut out from the center. Mold this around the edges of your pie about halfway through your bake time. I usually add the tin foil shield at the same time that I lower the oven temperature to 350.

Flaky Pie Crust FAQ

Can you use a food processor to make pie crust?

Short answer: yes, but I really don’t recommend it. I find that it’s really hard to get various sizes of butter throughout the flour. And then if you add the liquid to the processor, it will create more of a cookie dough texture than a pie dough texture.

combining flour with butter and shortening in a food processor

See how it looks all homogenous? Meh. Lots of famous chefs say you can do it in the food processor, though, so what do I know. Maybe I just need more practice. For now, I’m sticking with a pastry cutter.

What is the best flour to use in Flaky Pie Crust?

All-purpose flour is the best flour to use in flaky pie crust. It creates that light, flaky texture that’s key for the perfect texture. I don’t recommend using another type of flour. The medium amount of protein in all-purpose flour makes for a tender crust; using high-protein bread flour leads to a tough, chewy crust.

What is blind baking method?

Blind baking means that you pre-bake the pie crust before you add in any filling. I have a whole post explaining How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust. Some pie fillings, like custard or fruit, would be ruined by baking them, so the crust needs to get baked before they’re added. Blind baking can also serve to firm the crust up a bit so that it doesn’t get soggy once filling is added.

Can you freeze leftover pie dough?

Absolutely. Pie dough freezes beautifully, so you could make a couple batches of crust, then freeze some for any time you want to whip up a pie. 

To freeze your pie dough, follow the steps until you have two discs of dough, then wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and put it in a ziplock bag. They can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you’re ready to use it, simply thaw it in the fridge and then pick up with the steps for rolling out your pie.

Tools I use for making flaky pie crust

  • Pastry cutter. This tool is perfect for cutting butter into flour! I use mine all the time for streusel, biscuits, scones, etc.
  • Pastry cloth. This is not necessary but I find them so handy. You just dust the flour right onto them, and don’t have to worry about your pie crust sticking to the counter. The extra flour absorbs into the cloth instead of into your dough.
  • Rolling pin. I love my marble rolling pin, but any kind will do!
  • Pie plate. Any 9-inch pie plate will do for this recipe.
  • Tin foil for covering the edges of the crust partway through the bake time.

And that’s it! Pie making is so satisfying. It’s nice to have these skills for when you need them. Remember to check out my How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust for all your pudding and fresh fruit pies, and here is a tutorial for How to Make a Lattice Pie Crust.

And now, let’s eat some pie! Here are some recipes:

Delicious double crust pies to make!

Single Crust Pies that require no pre-baking (no Blind Baking):

Just pour the filling right into the shaped pie crust while it’s raw. Save the other half of the pie dough in the freezer for another day.

Single Crust Pies that require Blind Baking

This means you bake the crust while it’s empty, then pour the filling in afterward. I’ve got a whole post that shows you How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust. Save the other half of the pie dough in the freezer for another day.

And don’t forget savory pies made with a buttery Flaky Pie Crust!

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Homemade Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

4.90 from 82 votes
Prep: 50 minutes
Total: 50 minutes
Servings: 2 pie crusts
I will show you exactly how to make the BEST Homemade Flaky Pie Crust of your life! It is so buttery and tender, it just melts in your mouth. I will explain everything you need to know, with tons of step-by-step photos to guide you through the recipe. It’s not as hard as you think, it just takes some practice and remembering a few key steps (like keeping everything cold!) It never fails!


  • 2 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour, spooned and leveled*
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar for sweet pies**
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening***, (1/2 cup)
  • 12 tablespoons butter****, cold (1 and 1/2 sticks)
  • 2 tablespoons beaten egg, half a large egg
  • 1/4 cup ice water, plus more if necessary.


  • Make the pie dough. Get a small bowl of ice water ready so that it's nice and cold when you need it.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together 2 and 1/2 cups flour* (measured correctly; see note), 2 tablespoons sugar (1 tablespoon for savory pies), and 1 teaspoon kosher salt.
  • Add 1/2 cup butter-flavored shortening or fat of your choice. You can use lard or butter for this step if you want.
  • Chop up 12 tablespoons (1 and 1/2 sticks) cold butter into chunks. Add the butter to the bowl.
  • Use a pastry cutter to cut the butter and shortening into the flour, pressing down firmly with the pastry cutter. Scrape out the pastry cutter with a butter knife and continue until the flour is mostly incorporated, but don't go overboard. There should be pea-sized bits of butter or even bigger chunks are okay. Various sizes of butter is what you are looking for. See photos!
  • Crack an egg in a small bowl and whisk it together until it’s a little frothy. Poor half of it into another small bowl, leaving about 2 tablespoons. (Save the other half of the beaten egg for brushing the finished pie.)
  • Add 1/4 cup ice water to 2 tablespoons beaten egg. Beat it together.
  • Add the mixture to the bowl with the flour. Use a rubber spatula to mix it together, hydrating the flour as much as you can.
  • Cover your hands with flour. Use your hands to knead the dough right in the bowl. Press the dough together and keep gathering up the dry bits to incorporate it into the mass. If the dough is not coming together, add ice water sparingly, 1-3 teaspoons at a time to moisten it. (I hardly ever add more water, but this does depend on climate.) Use extra water sparingly, you don't want to make your dough too wet. Stop kneading the moment that it has come together and is able to be shaped into a ball. Over working your dough results in a tough pie crust.
  • Use a knife or your hands to divide the dough in half. Use your hands to shape each half into a disc. Cover or wrap in plastic, and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Roll out the pie dough. Dust a work surface with plenty of flour. I love to use my pastry cloth for rolling out dough. (Another trick is to roll out the dough on a square of parchment paper; then you can invert the dough directly into the pie pan instead of having to lift the fragile dough.) Get out one of the discs of pie dough, leaving the other one to keep chilling.
  • Let the dough sit on the floured surface for 5 minutes or so, to warm up a bit.
  • Dust the pie dough with flour. Use your rolling pin to gently press the dough in the center, rolling outward. Rotate the rolling pin a quarter turn and gently press outward again. Check for cracks on the edges, and use your hands to press them and heal them a bit, adding a drop of ice water if necessary.
  • Dust with flour and continue rolling, rotating a quarter turn every time. Dust with flour again, and before it gets too large, lift the dough and turn it over (you can do this multiple times), dusting your surface with flour as you go. This is to make sure the pie dough is not sticking to your work surface. Continue dusting, rotating, and rolling.
  • Take the time to press together cracks at the edges, moistening with a drop of water and then dusting with flour as necessary. Continue rolling until the pie dough is about 13 inches across, making sure that it is not sticking on the bottom.
  • Place your rolling pin along the edge of the pie dough. Lift the edge of the pie dough and place it on top of the rolling pin. Roll the dough onto the rolling pin and carefully transfer it to a 9 inch pie plate. See photos. (If you rolled out your dough on parchment paper, you can invert the pie dough into the pie plate.)
  • Gently press the dough into the corners of the pie plate, fixing any cracks or tears as you go. There should be an overhang of dough along the edge. Leave it as is for a double crust pie.
  • If you are baking a single pie crust, fold the overhang underneath itself and flute the edges using your knuckles or fingers (see photos).  If you are baking the crust before filling, follow this tutorial on How to Blind Bake a Pie Crust.
  • Place your pie plate in the fridge while you roll out the second pie disc. Roll the dough out to about 11-12 inches, a little smaller than the first one.
  • Fill your pie. Don’t forget to dot with butter if your recipe calls for it. I always forget to do that!
  • Follow this tutorial for How to Lattice a Pie Crust if you want. It's so pretty!
  • For a traditional double crust, roll out the second pie crust, wrap it onto the rolling pin, and transfer to the top of your filled pie.
  • Now you should have two pie crusts overhanging the edge of your pie pan. Use your fingers to gently press the dough together on the edges. Fold both crusts underneath themselves so they are nicely lined up with the edge of the pie pan.
  • Use your thumbs or knuckles to flute the pie crust however you like. See photos.
  • Chill your pie in the fridge for another 30 minutes if the dough has gotten soft.
  • Just before putting your pie in the oven, remember to brush with milk or egg. I like to beat together 1 tablespoon beaten egg with 1 tablespoon milk. Sprinkle your pie with granulated or raw sugar, if it is a sweet pie.
  • Follow your pie recipe for instructions on how to bake. I like to bake my pies at a high temperature (425 degrees F) for about 15-20 minutes, them lower the temperature to 350 and bake for another 25-50 minutes. I always bake my pies on a baking sheet that has been preheated in the oven, to help bake the bottom of the crust and make it super flaky.
  • Don’t forget to use a tin foil pie shield to cover your crust for the last half of the bake time. See photos. This will keep your crust from burning.
  • I know it’s difficult, but for most sweet pies (especially fruit pies), it’s important to let your pie cool to room temperature (2-4 hours) before cutting into them, so that the juices have a chance to set up.

How to make pie crust in a food processor

    I will be honest, I do not like making pie dough in the food processor. I feel like I can't ever get the texture right. But it is doable with practice (apparently I need to practice more!), here are the instructions if you want to try it:

    • Whir flour, sugar, and salt together, then add shortening and chopped butter. Pulse in one second intervals until a shaggy dough forms.
    • Scrape the mixture into a bowl and continue with step 6 above. (Adding the mixture of 2 tablespoons egg and 1/4 cup ice water.) If you are determined, you can try adding the wet ingredients to the food processor and pulse. But be careful! Do not over mix! Turn out onto a floured surface and finish kneading by hand. Split in half and continue with the rolling process.


    *To measure flour correctly, use a spoon to filling a 1 cup measuring cup with flour, until it is overflowing. Then use a knife to level off the surface to get exactly one cup. If you dig your cup into a bucket of flour and scoop it out, it will pack the flour in, and you will get too much. This is just the really exact way that Americans like to measure things. It makes total sense. (I’M JOKING)
    **Use 1 tablespoon sugar for savory pies, like this Chicken Pot Pie
    ***You can replace all the shortening in this recipe with lard. It makes a super flaky, crispy crust! 
    ****I always use salted butter in my baking. I know, I know, all the Real Bakers say don’t do this. But whatever. I really like salt. If you don’t, use unsalted butter! 


    Calories: 1688kcal | Carbohydrates: 131g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 122g | Saturated Fat: 57g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 18g | Monounsaturated Fat: 39g | Trans Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 1787mg | Potassium: 205mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 2167IU | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 8mg
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Calories: 1688
    Keyword: flaky, how to make, pie, pie crust
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    1. Can I make the crust and put it in the fridge and then make the filling the next day without ruining the crust ?

      1. Hi Mary! If you are refrigerating it as a disc, that’s fine! If you are rolling it out into the pan, make sure you put it in a large sealed ziplock, and freezing wouldd be better if you have space. i would recommend the first option!

    2. Hi! Any chance you have the weight measurement of the flour you use? 2.5 cups … well, is harder to get right than weight! That said, this pie crust is amazing and the apple pie I make (your recipe!) is my go-to pie when I want to give my all at dinners/parties/potlucks! Thank you for all you do!

      1. Hi Lisa! I’m sorry, I do not! I always use the spoon and level technique. I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipes, thank you so much for taking the time to tell me!

    3. 5 stars
      I’m going to make this today and for the crust, if I don’t have a pastry cutter for cutting the butter and shortening, will using a fork and mashing/folding it work as well? Or should I go run and buy a pastry cutter?

      1. Hi Haley, you can definitely use a fork! I did that for YEARS before I got a pastry cutter and it always turned out just fine. Enjoy your pie!

      2. My grandma taught me to use two butter knives, held between my fingers like wolverine claws. It honestly works really really well I only bought a pastry cutter when my arthritis got bad. :)

        1. 5 stars
          Karen, don’t be shocked when I say I don’t like pies….I will eat a small slice out of politeness when I need to!
          You have changed my mind!! I made your pie crust today for your bacon and Spinach quiche. Cooked it this evening and I was scrapping the flaky crumbs off the plate into my mouth! Wow, this is more like it! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with others!!

          1. I should definitely rename this recipe to “Wow, This is More Like It Pie Crust!” haha!! I love it. SO happy you’ve changed your mind about pie!! And happy you made the quiche, thank you so much for taking the time to review, you are awesome and made me smile 💕

    4. I’d all but given up on pie crust after trying recipe after recipe and none of them working out. After exclusively using store bought pie crusts the last few years this year I decided to give it one more try. Honestly didn’t have high hopes but this recipe and your instructions with the pictures I’ve finally made a successful pie crust so thank you, will definitely be saving this recipe and recommending to anybody that like me struggles/d with pie crust.

      1. This makes me SO HAPPY Linda! Glad you finally found success. Way to persevere :) Thanks for coming back to comment!

    5. I have egg and dairy allergies. Would an egg replacer work and butter flavored shortening? :) thank you. I’ve made this crust before I found out about my allergies and it was PERFECT. Would love to keep making it with adaptations if possible :)

      1. Hi Abby! We haven’t tested this pie crust with an egg replacement before, but yes, it should work. And it’s not a problem to use all butter flavored shortening. So glad this turned out well for you before – come back and let us know how it turns out with your modifications!

    6. This looks awesome. I make an apple pie every year for Thanksgiving, but I want to switch up my Pillsbury recipe. Can I pre do the apple steps, and the crust steps ahead on Tuesday, then bake on Thursday morning?

      1. Hi Christine! Yes, you can pre-make the filling and crust, keeping them separate. I recommend wrapping the crust tightly in plastic wrap and placing it in a ziplock so that it doesn’t dry out, and keeping the filling tightly covered as well. You can then roll out your crust and assemble the pie on Thursday morning. Enjoy!

    7. Hello! I’m planning to make this, this weekend. Will plain crisco work for the shortening instead of butter flavor?

    8. I’ve made this recipe for three years now for a thanksgiving apple pie, and it never fails to impress🥰 BUT I have a question! Due to circumstances this year, can I make the whole apple pie, throw it in the fridge, then bake it the next day? I’m working thanksgiving day and won’t have time to make it and bake it, so I was hoping I can have it all made, designed and ready to go, leave it in the fridge overnight and then bake it the next morning. Will that bugger anything up or can be done?

      1. Hi Rema! I’m so happy to hear you’ve had so much success with the pie! I love this! Yes you can totally make it ahead, but instead of refrigerating it, freeze it. Refrigerating will just give you a soggy bottom. You can bake it straight from frozen. It will take longer and you will need to keep an eye on it. Be sure to cover toward the end of baking with foil if it starts to get too brown. Let me know how it goes!! Happy eeeearly Thanksgiving I so admire your prep lol!

      1. Hi Sheryl! Yes, you sure can. As long as it’s tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, you’re good to leave it in the fridge overnight. You may need to leave it on the counter for 30 minutes or so after its overnight chill time, just until it’s roll-out-able. Best of luck with your pie crust, come back and let us know how it turns out!

        1. 5 stars
          Hi, this recipe looks absolutely delicious! I like to use both butter and lard as well, but my pie dish is a huge ceramic ten inch dish. Could you suggest the ingredient measurements for a larger pie? I have not been able to find a good recipe like this one for that size. Thanks!

          1. Hi Naomi! I recommend that you scale the recipe up by about 25% and follow the same instructions. Make notes so you can make big pies anytime! Enjoy :-)

    9. 5 stars
      Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe🙏 it’s my first time making apple pie and the results are amazing. Easy to make,delicious and flaky. Just perfect♥️

      1. I’m so happy to hear that Camelia!! First time pie success, look at you, you should have seen my first pie 😂 thank you for commenting!

    10. 5 stars
      Hi! Question – well first, THANK YOU for this recipe! Everyone raves over and requests my apple pie, especially for this crust! It is so buttery and flaky. So worth the extra work! I wanted to gift some mini pies using peaches from the garden, and wanted to know if you’ve ever make mini pies with this recipe? I’m wondering how it would bake – probably just less time right?

      1. ooh look at you with peaches from your garden Ashia! Lucky friends you have! I haven’t made mini pies but it will work great I’m sure. Just split the dough into quarters instead of halves, or whatever fits your mini pie pans. I actually don’t think you will have to adjust the times TOO much. I would still start at the higher temperature and then reduce. keep an eye on it for your first batch and check back often to be safe. Thank you so much for taking the time to review!!

    11. I’m 84 years old and have made 100’s of pies and never knew how to keep the crust from getting soggy until I read your apple pie recipe. So thankful and the apple pie is delicious, just a lot of peeling🤭thank you so much

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