Pie Crust for Dummies

"Never fails. Great for making pies to put in the freezer. For frozen chicken pies, freeze filling first, then add crust. Cover and return to freezer."
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Ready In:
1hr 15mins
5 pie crusts




  • Mix first three ingredients until the texture resembles corn meal.
  • Beat one egg in a 1 cup measuring cup.
  • Fill cup with water to make 1 full cup.
  • Mix well, chill for 15 minutes.
  • Divide dough 5 ways.
  • Roll out the number of crusts you want to use on floured surface.
  • Place remaining dough and a bit of flour in individual gallon ziplock bags.
  • Roll out dough while it is in the bag and freeze.
  • You now have extra crust waiting for you!

Questions & Replies

  1. can I use butter instead of shortening?


  1. Barbara, Fantastic crust! Thanks for posting it in Talk when I was so desperate! I ended up freezing it as you suggested but I ended up baking it saturday (before the lunch) and using something else for dessert that day. Our guests loved your pie recipe. Thanks so much!!
  2. This is a never-fail crust...great for beginners!


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