The best pie crust you’ve ever made

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I don’t want you to get all freaked out about making your own pie crust.  You can do this.  We can totally do this, together.  In fact, you’re going to be super surprised at your mad pie skillz after making a crust or two.

This is seriously the best pie crust you’ll ever make.  Flaky, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth.  Whip this out as a party trick at any old holiday get-together and you’ll be the talk of the town.

Too many clichés in one paragraph? 

Probably.

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Ingredients for Pie Crust

  • 2 tbl. white vinegar
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 3/4 cup shortening
  • 2 tsp salt

Here’s how it all goes down:

Cut ingredients with pastry blender until coarse.

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mix 1/2 cup ice water, 1 TBL white vinegar, 1 egg

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drizzle ice mixture into flour until dough comes together but isn’t sticky or dry.  roll out.

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makes 2 pie crusts or 1 complete pie with a top.

I never said I was Martha, but my pies don’t end up looking completely terrible either.

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Bake at 475 for 5-8 min for just the crust, or follow baking directions for

Pie!  It’s time for pie!

p.s. {I never make tops for my pies.  Well sometimes I do, but not very often.  If I do make a top, I use the leftover pieces to make a pretty crisscross design.  Combine the leftover dough, roll it out, and using a pastry cutter or a plain kitchen knife cut long strips of dough.  Lay them in a pattern across the top of the filling, pinching them off at the edge of the crust.}

Have fun!

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

11 Comments

  1. Anne (@notasupermom) :

    Do you ever have trouble with the crust puffing up in weird places? How do you stop that?

    • Allison :

      Anne, I haven’t yet. My tip for that is to press it down into the pan so you don’t have any bubbles, and then really make sure every square inch has been permeated by a fork so it won’t bubble.

      Good luck!

  2. Laura :

    YES!!! Just when my boyfriend asks for a birthday pie instead of a cake, you come to the rescue with a recipe for a crust! Thank you! I can’t wait to try it!

    • Allison :

      Let me know how it works out. It’s my favorite pie crust recipe.

  3. Aja :

    I’ve never ever used egg or vinegar in my pie crusts and they always turn out just fine!

    My grandma, however, makes them this way and I have to say they tend to be a little bitter and crumbly. So I’m wary about this recipe, but you haven’t lead me astray elsewhere so maybe I’ll have to try this one, too.

    And for the commenter who was worried about the bubbling crusts: press aluminum foil on top of your pie crust and load dry beans into the shell then bake. Works every time.

  4. Kayli :

    I’m making my Thanksgiving pies with this pie crust right now!! I can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    • Allison :

      Ooh, good luck! Let me know what you think.

  5. Marie :

    What the what? Vinegar? I’m going to have to try this one. Maybe a Christmas pie is on the menu!

  6. Tina :

    Can you tell me if it’s ok to use butter flavor shortening? Would this make it too buttery or would it even turn out completely different then with regular shortening? I love the taste of butter so was just wondering. :)

    • Allison :

      I think it would be great! I haven’t tried it in my pie crust but I use it in other baking so try it! Let me know how it turns out!