Basic Food Processor Pie Crust

"Easy, foolproof pie crust -- made easy by using your food processor. Prep time includes chilling time."
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Ready In:
1hr 10mins
1 pie crust




  • Insert metal blade into your food processor.
  • Add flour, butter and salt and process until mixture is like coarse meal; it takes about 8 to 10 seconds.
  • Add ice water and pulse, not process, until dough begins to clump together; don't let it form a ball.
  • Remove dough from processor and place in a freezer-size plastic storage zippie bag.
  • Work through the bag to press dough together into a ball; then press into a flat disc.
  • Refrigerate dough for at least 1 hour.
  • When you need it, roll dough out onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Makes enough dough for a single 9 or 10-inch pie shell.
  • Note that this is the recipe provided by Cuisinart; I am not quite as fussy and it always works for me; the key is the ice-cold butter, the ice-cold water, and not letting it process too long.

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  1. This just didn't work for me. Although it was easy to put together and very easy to roll out, I found the finished crust to be somewhat salty and doughy tasting. Usually, butter makes for a crispier crust. No baking temp was given, so I baked it at 375° for about 15 minutes. Perhaps it needed a higher oven temp and longer baking time. Sorry, Lennie.
  2. On the cheap? Using shortening works. I also subbed cold bacon grease for a savory crust.
  3. I doubled the recipe for two crusts and found that 1/2 a cup of water was no where near enough.
  4. This is a delicious pie crust, and it's super easy to make.
  5. This was good and easy. I was able to roll it out for a double crust also. Thanks for a simple, delicious recipe.


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