Pie Crust from Scratch

Today I made my rhubarb pie recipe, and for the first time I made pie crust from scratch. I’ll admit it was kind of a pain in the butt, but it tasted much better than the store bought pie crusts I normally use!

pie crust from scratch recipe

pie crust from scratch recipe

pie crust from scratch recipe

This is what Oliver looks like when he is scheming.

pie crust from scratch recipe

Flaky Butter Pie Crust (adapted from allrecipes.com)

This recipe makes one 9″ pie crust. Double it if you need a bottom crust and a top crust.

1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter, chilled and diced
1/4 cup iced water

Combine the flour, salt, and butter in a food processor and pulse until it resembles coarse crumbs. Dump the mixture into a bowl and stir in the iced water one tablespoon at a time. Make sure you don’t over mix it. The dough will seem too dry and crumbly at this point, but just go with it. Squish it all together into a ball-ish shape and wrap it in plastic. Refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

After refrigerating, roll the dough out on a floured surface. The first roll out it will probably crumble into a floury mess (mine did), so just knead it a little and things will work better on the second try. Press the dough into a pie pan, and make whatever pie you’re craving.

By the way, this lattice pie crust tutorial is great!


  1. Amanda

    I make pie crust in the food processor too. I add a few tablespoons of water after pulsing the butter and flour. No need for a separate bowl, give it a couple of pulses and presto, done! There really is nothing like the taste of homemade pie crust. The store bought stuff taste like cardboard! Lovely photos as always!

  2. Amy Lynn

    Mmmm, I love rhubarb pie, and home-made pie crust!

    My mom and my grandma are master pie makers, so I’ve had some help :) I hear the key is to not over work it. And I figure, I don’t care too much about whether or not it’s pretty as long as it tastes good! But with practice I’m getting better :) I just did my first lattice crust this summer too!

  3. robyn

    I love pie! I’m not all that fond of cake…but homemade pie is nearly impossible for me to resist. I almost always use an oil crust recipe that was passed down from my maternal grandmother. It’s SO easy, I don’t even need to dirty a food processor. I probably should post it somewhere so that the world can enjoy it.

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