Very Easy Homemade Pie Dough

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2 pie crusts
20 min

This Very Easy Homemade Pie Dough is so delicious and very simple to make! This recipe will make 2 crusts so it can be used to make 2 pies or just 1 if it has a top crust as well.

How to Make Very Easy Homemade Pie Dough from Scratch

To make the pie dough, start by combining a portion of the flour with the ice water and let it sit.

Then, combine the remaining flour with salt. Next, cut in the shortening and butter until its a course meal texture. I like to get in there and just use my hands. If you decide to use your hands make sure you work quickly so you don’t melt the butter. A pastry cutter or fork works well for this step too.

Next, time to add in your ice water and flour mixture. Mix in until moist. If necessary, add a little bit of ice water at a time until your dough comes mostly together. It will still be a little dry. Next, separate the dough in half. At this point keep any dough you aren’t working with refrigerated so the butter stays solid.

Combine ice water and flour. Set aside.
Cut butter and shortening into flour until it resembles a coarse meal.

Cut butter and shortening into remaining flour until resembles a coarse meal.

Once completed, divide into two if making 2 pie crusts. Or leave as 1 ball for a thicker larger crust.

Once completed, divide into two if making two pie crusts or leave as one ball for 1 thicker or larger pie crust.

Roll out pie dough between 2 pieces of parchment paper. Remove one and place into pie plate. Once positioned, remove top piece.

I prefer to roll my dough out in between pieces of parchment paper so that it doesn’t stick to the counter and then it is easy to transfer as well. When you use the parchment paper to transfer the dough it will look like the picture above.

Then, remove the parchment and trim whatever excess is hanging over the edge. Baking the dough depends on what you are making. If you just wanted an empty crust for a cream pie for example, you would bake the crust at 350 degrees about 20-30 minutes or until lightly golden. Otherwise, follow my recipes that use this dough and they will explain how and when to bake it!

Recipes with Pie Dough

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Frequently Asked Questions

How should pie dough look?

This pie dough should look flaky. If you break it apart layers will be seen if it was mixed properly.

Can pie dough be made ahead of time?

Yes! Make this pie dough a day or two ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. It may need to warm slightly before it can be rolled out. To do this just let it sit on the counter for 10-20 minutes before rolling.

What can pie dough be used for?

This pie dough is very versatile! Use it for quiche, sweet pies, meat pies and homemade pop tarts. See above for recipe suggestions!

Pie dough used in Bacon and Cheese Quiche

Very Easy Homemade Pie Dough
Recipe details
  • 2  pie crusts
  • Prep time: 20 Minutes Cook time: 00 Minutes Total time: 20 min
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  • 2 cups flour, separated
  • 1/3 cup ice water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup butter, chilled and cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening

Combine 1/3 cup of flour with ice water. Stir well and set aside.
Stir together remaining flour and salt.
Cut in butter and shortening until coarse meal texture. A pastry blender or fork will do this job well.
Add flour and ice water mixture and stir to moisten.
If necessary add a little bit of ice water at a time to help dough come together. It won't be completely pulled together.
Cover and store any dough in refrigerator until ready to use. Do not let dough get warm.
Roll out into desired shape.
Bake according to recipe you are using the dough for.
  • Keep dough cold until ready to use. Warm dough will be difficult to work with.
  • This pie dough will make 2 9 inch pie crusts or 1 10 inch pie crust.
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