Simple Double Pie Crust

READY IN: 20mins




  • Sift flour before measuring; spoon lightly into measuring cup and level without shaking or packing down.
  • Combine flour and salt.
  • With a pastry blender or two knives, cut in vegetable shortening until uniform; mixture should be fairly coarse.
  • Sprinkle with water, a tablespoon at a time; toss with a fork.
  • Work dough into a firm ball with your hands; divide dough into two parts and press into flat circles with smooth edges.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll bottom crust to a circle about 1 1/2" larger than inverted pie plate.
  • Gently ease dough into pie plate; trim edge even with plate and add filling.
  • Moisten rim of bottom crust with water.
  • Roll top crust the same way and lift onto filled pie; trim 1/2" beyond the edge of pie plate.
  • Fold top edge under bottom crust and flute with fingers or fork.
  • Prick or slit top crust to allow for escape of steam; bake according to time and temperature recommended for filling used.