Ladies and Gentleman, this is my new favorite pie crust recipe and will be my go to pie crust recipe from now on. It comes from none other than Ina Garten, my favorite Food Network Chef. Her new cook book comes out in September and Food Network has been showing her new shows on Sunday mornings. I even made her Blueberry pie tonight and had a piece of that before dinner. Dessert always comes first.
If you have a food processor, pie crust is super easy to make. If you don’t own a food processor you can use one of those pastry cutters and your hands to form the dough. The only thing I changed about this recipe was leave out the Crisco that the recipe called for. I have made this recipe before with just the butter, and add more water until the dough the forms a ball in the food processor. Now that I’m good at making pie crust, I can focus on pie fillings like a quiche.
Can I make pie crust ahead of time?
If you want to get ahead of yourself on the prep work for Thanksgiving you can make this pie crust ahead of time and freeze it. Just defrost it before ready to bake. Pie crust is a great keeper in the freezer. Wrap the dough tightly in plastic wrap or store in freezer bags.Print
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/3 cup very cold vegetable shortening, such as Crisco
- 1/2 cup ice water
- Cut the butter in 1/2-inch dice and return it to the refrigerator while you prepare the flour mixture. Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse a few times to mix. Add the butter and shortening. Pulse 8 to 12 times, until the butter is the size of peas. With the machine running, pour the ice water down the feed tube and pulse the machine until the dough begins to form a ball. Dump out onto a floured board and roll into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Cut the dough in half. Roll each piece on a well-floured board into a circle at least 1 inch larger than the pie pan, rolling from the center to the edge, turning and flouring the dough so it doesnt stick to the board. (You should see bits of butter in the dough.) Fold the dough in half, ease it into the pie pan without stretching at all, and unfold to fit the pan. With a small sharp paring knife, cut the dough 1 inch larger around than the pan. Fold the edge under and crimp the edge with either your fingers or the tines of a fork.
This recipe is directly from her cookbook.
- Category: Easy
- Method: Mix
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: perfect pie crust