Perfect Pie Crust

by ardentadmin

Perfect Pie Crust Recipe

This pie crust is my mother's recipe and it's made with a few simple ingredients: flour, salt, cold water, and fat. We've been making this perfect pie crust the same way for years.
Prep Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American


  • Food Processor
  • Rolling Pin


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cup Crisco baking sticks all-vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 egg


  • Put flour, sugar, and salt into the bowl of a food processor and pulse a couple of times to mix.
  • Add Crisco baking sticks all-vegetable shortening to the food processor and pulse several times.
  • Then add the cold water, vinegar, and egg and pulse again
  • The mixture is ready when you pinch some dough together with your fingers and it holds together.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor onto a clean, dry, flat surface.
  • Work the dough just enough to form balls.
  • Wrap each disc with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
  • Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature for 5 minutes
  • Lightly flour work surface.
  • Divide the dough mixture into two even-sized mounds.
  • Then use a rolling pin to roll out dough to a 12-inch circle.
  • Place onto a 9-inch pie plate. Softly press the pie dough down so that it lines the bottom and sides of the pie plate.
  • Use a kitchen knife to trim the dough to within 1/2 inch of the edge of the pie dish.


This recipe is perfect for everything. You can freeze the dough for up to 3 months.

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