Homemade Pie Crust (Pa Dutch Country)

Total Time
Prep 30 mins
Cook 12 mins

From the Mennonite Community Cookbook given to me by my mother (who was raised Mennonite). All purpose pie crust but posted to go with my recipe for PA Dutch Authentic Shoo Fly Pie #163320.


  1. Combine flour and salt in mixing bowl.
  2. Cut shortening into flour with pastry blender or 2 knives. Do not overmix; these are sufficently blended when particals are the size of peas.
  3. Add water gradually, sprinkling 1 tablespoon at a time evenly over mixture. Toss lightly with a fork until all particles of flour have been dampened. Use only enough water to hold pastry together when it is pressed between the fingers. It should not feel wet.
  4. Roll dough into a round ball, handling as little as possible.
  5. Roll out on a lightly floured board into a circle 1/8 inch thick and 1 inch larger than the diameter of the top of the pie pan.
  6. Place circle into pie pan, gently pressing dough to fit to the bottom & sides.
  7. Trim edges with scissors or a sharp knife letting 1/2 inch extend over rim.
  8. Turn edge under and flute with fingers to make a standing rim.
  9. Prick shell all over with a fork to prevent air bubbles.
  10. If desired, bake at 450 for 12-15 mins or until a golden brown. (Not necessary for the Shoo Fly Pie and most other baked pies.).
Most Helpful

Have made the recipe but have put it in the freezer. Very good crust

NoraMarie March 08, 2008

I want to write the worst review I can think of. I am so upset and I need to just cry and get a hug. This was so hard to make. I tried my hardest, but the instructions just don't give enough information! I wasted so many quality ingredients and so much quality time. Not to mention I got flour every where and I ended up throwing the ball of crumbly dough into the trash and I missed and it went flying all over my dining room and my little brother got really mad.

dongenaro0 November 17, 2015

This is now my favorite pie crust recipe. Didn't had any problem since the first time I made this. And I'm a newbie baker!

cescilay August 19, 2015