Simple, Easy Pie Crust Recipes

As I talk with friends who love pie but who don’t make pies, a common complaint is “I don’t know how to make pie crust.”

Well, I’m happy to tell you that making pie crust isn’t difficult. It takes just four ingredients—water, fat, salt and flour—and a little time (about four minutes). And pie crust is quite forgiving as you make it. Mix the flour and the fat, add the water, make the dough into a ball, and roll it out—that’s it!

You can even use a food processor to do it.

4 Ingredients + 4 Minutes = Easy Pie Crust!

Watch Jane make a perfect pie crust in four minutes using a food processor:

 
Pie crust: 4 ingredients
Only four ingredients. How hard can it be?

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I’ve used King Arthur flour for years and like it, but any good flour will do. As my family has become more health conscious over the years, I’ve made some crusts with whole wheat flour. It’s more crumbly and a bit harder to handle, but it has nice flavor and texture that go particularly well with pumpkin pies.

I usually make butter crusts in my food processor, where the chilled butter mixes well with the flour and ice water, and I make shortening crusts by hand, using a hand pastry blender that works well with the softer shortening.

Graham Cracker Crust is a nice variation that goes well with citrus pies such as Lemon and Grapefruit.

If you’d rather not have a pastry covering or decoration on your pie, consider fluffy meringue.

Lemon Meringue Pie
Perfectly browned meringue pie top

 

 

 

 

 

Meringue pie top

 

 

Perfectly browned meringue pie top.


 

 

I usually make Butter Pie Crusts in my food processor, where the chilled butter mixes well with the flour and ice water, and I make Shortening Pie Crusts by hand, using a pastry blender that works well with the softer shortening.

Graham Cracker Crust is a nice variation that goes well with citrus pies such as Lemon Meringue and Grapefruit Meringue.

If you’d rather not have a pastry covering or decoration on your pie, consider fluffy meringue.