This is not a recipe I would recommend to a novice baker. But if you know how to make a pie crust, it is super easy to remember! Half as much shortening as flour, and half as much cold water as shortening!

Advertisement

Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place flour in a medium bowl. Cut in shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add water and mix just until dough comes together. Allow to rest in refrigerator before rolling out.

    Advertisement

Partner Tip

Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

170.1 calories; 1.6 g protein; 11.9 g carbohydrates; 0 mg cholesterol; 0.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (121)

Read More Reviews

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2007
Very good pie crust recipe, and it definitely deserves 5 stars for simplicity. It is a fantastic basic, all-purpose crust that is easy to modify to whatever recipe you need, and simple to double, triple, or augment to fit your particular dish. I have used it for savory pies, dessert pies, and cobblers with little problem. My only change is to use milk instead of water, and one can substitute butter or butter-flavored shortening with no problem. Remember though, if you substitute butter cut the water quantity by about 20% (so from 1/2 cup to 6 tbsp.) because butter contains water and shortening does not. Happy baking! Read More
(141)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
07/29/2006
This crust is pretty to look at but comes out greasy as it calls for twice the shortening of most recipes I've used. The dough was also hard to work with and falls apart easily. You're better off with the Basic Flaky Pie Crust recipe. Read More
(15)
140 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 109
  • 4 star values: 20
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2007
Very good pie crust recipe, and it definitely deserves 5 stars for simplicity. It is a fantastic basic, all-purpose crust that is easy to modify to whatever recipe you need, and simple to double, triple, or augment to fit your particular dish. I have used it for savory pies, dessert pies, and cobblers with little problem. My only change is to use milk instead of water, and one can substitute butter or butter-flavored shortening with no problem. Remember though, if you substitute butter cut the water quantity by about 20% (so from 1/2 cup to 6 tbsp.) because butter contains water and shortening does not. Happy baking! Read More
(141)
Rating: 5 stars
07/23/2007
Very good pie crust recipe, and it definitely deserves 5 stars for simplicity. It is a fantastic basic, all-purpose crust that is easy to modify to whatever recipe you need, and simple to double, triple, or augment to fit your particular dish. I have used it for savory pies, dessert pies, and cobblers with little problem. My only change is to use milk instead of water, and one can substitute butter or butter-flavored shortening with no problem. Remember though, if you substitute butter cut the water quantity by about 20% (so from 1/2 cup to 6 tbsp.) because butter contains water and shortening does not. Happy baking! Read More
(141)
Rating: 5 stars
08/20/2003
mmmm mm!!! ive had horrible experiences with baking pies but this is so easy! at first i thought the dough would turn into a disaster (it was a little mushier than i had expected) so if you encounter the same problem add half a cup of flour. also DONT FORGET TO CHILL ALL THE INGREDIENTS for at least 20 minutes! it helps alot. to make the pie a nice golden color smear on a little bit of milk (half a teaspoon) on the uncooked top crust for a nice touch. If you plan on making a double crust pie dont forget to double the recipe like i almost did. a wonderful filling for this pie crust is Apple pie by grandma ople. this was the first time i ever made something big from scratch and it was EASY AND DELICIOUS! also dont forget to cut slits in the pie so it dosnt pop or overflow. hope i helped! Read More
(108)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2003
The Best! Very easy & delicious. Don't know why the note against novices using it! Easy enough for a novice. I chilled the dough for 15 minutes before rolling out. Will definately use this recipe again. Read More
(66)
Rating: 5 stars
08/05/2003
I have finally found THE pie crust I've been searching for! It's as delicious as it is easy. It came out PERFECT and my whole family raved about it. I used it with "Terry's Favorite Chicken Pie" (this site) and we couldn't get enough. The only problem was I doubled the recipe to make two pies but only came out with enough for 1 1/2. Will start with 3 cups of flour next time. I used butter flavor Crisco and also added a pinch or two of salt. I wrapped it in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge to cool while I assembled my pie ingredients. The dough is more moist than most pie crust doughs so you will need to roll it out on a good dusting of flour. Thanks Deirdre Dee!! This is the only pie crust recipe I will EVER use! Read More
(34)
Rating: 5 stars
10/14/2003
This is the BEST pie crust. This pie crust formula will work out every time. This version only makes one crust but to make more just multipy the ingredients by the number of crusts you would like. Remember You must always refrigerate pie dough before rolling Also if you are going to bake this as an empty shell remember to use some alumisum foil or parchment and line it on top of the crust and fill it with beans so that it will keep the crust in place while it bakes. Read More
(30)
Advertisement
Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2005
i doubled this recipe & easily got 2 - 9" single crust pies. the dough is extremely soft but not hard to work with if you keep everything lightly floured (including your fingers). use ice water & chill the dough for at least 20 minutes before rolling out. thanks deirdre! Read More
(26)
Rating: 5 stars
10/05/2007
OH MY GOODNESS!!! I have been trying for years (more than I like to remember) to make a pie crust. Everyone in my family of two sisters can make one but not me. Thank you thank you Deirdre! It was easy to make easy to roll to place in the pie plate. It was the most beautiful pie crust of all my family has made. I am so excited now I can make a pie!!!!!!!! Great recipe thank you again Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
07/02/2003
Thought this was one of the best and easiest recipes for pie crust that I have tried. My son made it for his first forray into pastry making and loved it. And my husband thinks it is even better than his sister-in-laws. Read More
(18)
Rating: 2 stars
07/29/2006
This crust is pretty to look at but comes out greasy as it calls for twice the shortening of most recipes I've used. The dough was also hard to work with and falls apart easily. You're better off with the Basic Flaky Pie Crust recipe. Read More
(15)