Homemade Deep Dish Pie Crust Recipe

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Store-bought pie crust will become a thing of the past after trying out our favorite recipe for a buttery homemade deep dish pie crusts- sure to get a nod of approval from even the pickiest of eaters. With four ingredients and a robust flavor, give this recipe a try the next time you’re in the mood for apple pie, peach, or pumpkin pie. This recipe is for a double crust, so if you're making two double-crust pie recipes, you will want to double the recipe. 

​No matter what pie recipes you love, this recipe makes the perfect pie crust. Lay the bottom crust in your pie dish, top with pie fillings, and top with a second homemade pie crust. You're not too far off from digging your fork into a flaky crust and mouth-watering pie. You can also use this deep-dish pie crust recipe for savory pies like a chicken pot pie.

Only a few things spell comfort after a long day of being out and about in the world: your favorite TV show, loved ones (fur babies included), and sugary stuff, in my case, PIE! 

Nothing makes me do the happy dance more than a warm slice of pie. The taste of fresh fruit glazed in a sugary creme and that oh-so-warm flaky golden-brown butter pie crust sends any funky mood I was experiencing running for the hills.

Sometimes I like to debate with friends and family about which pie is THE pie. Silly, I know, but out of these conversations usually come tips and life-changing cooking hacks that I would have never thought of. 

Case in point- the pie crust needs to be as fresh (and crisp) as humanly possible. When it comes to that WOW factor, pie crust has the potential to make or break your dish- literally. 

And with the tricks that I learned, I began experimenting with my own WOW factor pie crusts.

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Why You'll Love This Recipe

  • Preservative and additive-free
  • Can be prepared up to 3 days in advanced

What You'll Need

  • All-purpose Flour
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Ice Water

How To Make

  1. Grab both a large mixing bowl and a whisk and mix the dry ingredients, the flour, and salt.
  2. Once fully blended, add in your butter and blend with a hand blender until the dough resembles small crumbles. You can also use the bowl of a food processor, pastry blender, or a pastry cutter to mix the pie dough.
  3. Reducing your mixing speed to low, add in enough water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough is nice and smooth.
  4. Next, grab a knife and cut your dough ball in half. Remove 1 of the 2 halves from your bowl, and transfer to a lightly floured flat surface such as a clean counter or cutting board.
  5. With a rolling pin, begin flattening your dough on your work surface into a flat round surface. Then roll dough to about 1/4-inch thickness for ultimate flakiness. This will be about an 11-inch circle. 
  6. Fold the circle in half and then in half again and then transfer to a 9-inch pie plate. Straighten the pie shell in the pie plate and trim off any excess pie dough prior to crimping the crust along the edges.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Cold butter works best towards giving the dough that bakery-fresh buttered taste
  • If you are not pressed for time, then I would suggest chilling the dough before flattening it out and adding your filling
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How to Blind Bake Pie Crust

Blind baking is very simple, and you should not be intimidated by it. All you simply do is prep and shape your dough and allow it to bake for a bit before there is any filling inside the crust. 

There are two important factors for blind baking. First, you can use a fork to prick holes all over the crust to help allow air to escape, or you can use pie weights (the size of small peas). Second, you can buy pie weights or place some parchment paper in them and then top it with dried beans. I would use both of these steps because it does help keep the pie crust from shaking and prevents the pie crust from shrinking. 

Recipe FAQs

How to prevent the crust of my pie crust from overcooking?

Take aluminum foil or buy a cover that goes on top of the edge of your pie crust. Use that for covering the crust as it bakes. Then 15 minutes before you are done baking, remove the cover and allow the crust to become golden in color.

How to crimp pie crust?

Not sure how to crimp pie crust? Let me help walk you through how to easily do it. Hold part of the pie crust and use your fingers to shape it into a v. Then with your other hand push in on the raw dough to leave the crimp imprint. Then repeat all the way around your pie.

Can you freeze raw pie crust?

You are more than welcome to freeze raw pie crust if you don't plan on using it right away. Simply store it in a ball in the freezer, or in a pie pan that is already prepped.
If you store the dough in a ball then simply let it thaw overnight before you go to rolling out the dough.

How to roll out a pie crust?

Take your dough and place it on a floured surface. Then you will add flour to your rolling pin, gently press on the pie crust and roll it out to make a circular shape. You just need to work the dough slowly to not make it too stiff and dry it out.

What temperature to cook pie?

Depending on the recipe you will find it will depend on what temperature you will want to cook your pie at. So just read the recipe you are following before you go to baking.

Yield: 1 pie crust

Homemade Deep Dish Pie Crust Recipe

homemade pie crust in glass pan

With four ingredients and a robust flavor, our buttery homemade deep dish pie crusts will be sure to get a nod of approval from even the pickiest of eaters.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

Supplies used to make the easiest Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

Ingredients for the best Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, mix together your flour and salt.
  2. Add your diced butter to the bowl. Using your fingers or a pastry blender, mix the butter in until the dough starts to resemble small crumbles.
  3. Using a hook on a slow-speed setting, add your ice water 1 tablespoon at a time. Once you’ve added all of your ice water, cut your dough ball in half.
  4. Remove 1 of the 2 halves from your bowl, and transfer to a lightly floured flat surface such as a clean counter or cutting board.
  5. Using a rolling pin, flatten your dough into a flat round surface to about 1/4-inch thickness for ultimate flakiness.
  6. This recipe can be easily doubled or cut in half for your desired recipe.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 203Total Fat 23gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 61mgSodium 183mgCarbohydrates 0gFiber 0gSugar 0gProtein 0g

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Author

  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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