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No Fail Pie Crust I

Rated as 4.75 out of 5 Stars

"I found this recipe years ago, and have not made any other since. This dough freezes very well."
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10 m servings 126
Original recipe yields 24 servings (3 single crusts)


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  1. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl. Cut in shortening until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  2. Mix egg, water, and vinegar together in a separate bowl. Pour into flour all at once and blend with a fork until dough forms into a ball. Divide into 3 equal-sized rounds.
  3. Wrap with plastic and chill in a refrigerator until ready to prepare.


  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 126 calories; 8.9 10 1.6 8 27 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

I have used this recipe for years, but there is one little difference. I add a scant teaspoon of salt. It helps the taste of the crust.

Most helpful critical review

A bit more difficult to work with than my usual recipe (without vinegar). The taste was good, however I had difficulty achieving the proper elasticity.

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I have used this recipe for years, but there is one little difference. I add a scant teaspoon of salt. It helps the taste of the crust.

This was my mom's piecrust recipe and I'm sure she's in heaven baking pies for the angels...she made the best pies in the world (in my humble opinion)! This recipe is the best.

The title says it all...awesome. I used the butter flavored shortening like another reviewer suggested. Worked perfectly. Thanks for the post.

Thank you! Thank you! I didn't grow up in North America and was therefor not familiar with making pies. Since I married a Canadian an am living in Canada I tried repeatedly to master the pie cru...

Nice recipe with an accurate proportion of ingredients...except for the salt. Unfortunately, then, while the egg gave it richness and the vinegar (I used vodka) flakiness, it lacked taste. I t...

My grandmothers recipe for the perfect pie crust too- Honestly folks, you need to give this simple and beautiful recipe a try! Best pie crust ive ever used or eaten, and it keeps so well in the ...

This is a great no fail pie crust. I went on the advice of another reviewer and used butter flavored shortening and it turned out great. This is now my stand by pie crust! Thanks so much for s...

Excellent Recipe! I used butter flavor shortening for a little more richness and color, and it turned out beautifully. (Gets raves!) Also, as reported it is enough for a double crust pie and ...

Also my mother's favorite - easiest crust I've ever made. Best if you chill the crust before baking.