Basic Pie Crust

Pie – regardless of what kind – is one of those desserts that just seem to warm the heart. Whether you like apple, pumpkin, blueberry, marionberry, pecan, praline, lemon or even chocolate haupia, you’ll always need a nice, flaky, melt-in-your-mouth kind of crust to hold it all together. The secret to a great crust is butter, ice-cold water, and a food processor.

This recipe is made for a single pie crust for a standard 9-in pie pan, but if you are planning to make any kind of lattice or decoration, simply double the recipe.

Yield: Single Pie Crust


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, chilled
  • 1/4 cup ice water

Kitchen Tools:

  • Food Processor
  • 9-in Pie Pan


Prep Work:
  1. Cut the butter into 1-in cubes and place in a small bowl. Refrigerate the butter for at least 15 minutes.
  1. In a food processor, add flour, and salt. Pulse a few times to combine.
  2. Add in the butter and pulse until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Gradually add in water, a tablespoon at a time, until mixture forms a ball. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

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