Prep 15 mins
Cook 50 mins
I am the worst pie crust maker. I about gave up until I tried this recipe. Now even I can bake a homemade pie. Timesaver: Keep extra dough frozen until ready to use. Allow 2 days to thaw in refrigerator.
- 4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 3⁄4 cups cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 extra large egg
- Combine the flour, salt and sugar in a large bowl.
- Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
- Whisk the vinegar, egg, and 1/2 cup of ice water together and mix into the flour mixture with your hands until just combined.
- Transfer to a clean work surface, and gently press to form a dough.
- Divide dough into 4 equal parts.
- Shape each into a ball, flatten slightly to form a disk, and wrap in plastic.
- Chill for at least 1 hour.
- Roll out disk on lightly floured surface to 1/8" thickness.
- Transfer to to a 9in. pie plate, fill with fruit. Roll second disk top with top crust, crimp edge.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minute.
I wish I could give this more than 5 stars. I loathe making pie crusts because I can never roll them out round and they always break and are crumbly. This was not crumbly at all-it was perfect. AND, I finally got the beautiful fluted crust I have always dreamed of. However, one of the things I liked best was it did not have lard. The taste was absolutely fantastic! I will never use another crust recipe!
I have never baked a homemade pie in my life, but decided to give it a shot for my husband's and daughter's birthday. I was a little stressed out during the process, but it turned out amazing. I had to roll the dough pretty thin, because I have a 10 inch deep pie pan, but 2 crusts were enough and didn't fall apart on me while I was rolling them. I baked a little less than the 50 minutes. I also did another trick I found online and before filling the bottom crust, brushed with egg-white to prevent soggy-bottom. My husband was impressed, the pie was delicious, and i have conquered my pastry fear! Thanks!
Now that I've found this, I will NEVER make my usual pie crust again! I've never had good luck with butter crusts--I prefer lard--but this was truly excellent. Super soft and flaky and very buttery. I cut the recipe in half and it made enough for one 9" deep dish double crust pie. GREAT recipe, and very easy, too!! I was worried because my dough was so soft, but it rolled out beautifully and didn't stick. Thank you!