Easy Homemade Pie Crust

Extraordinary Pie Crust
Extraordinary Pie Crust

This is a simple homemade pie crust recipe. It is the only one I have ever used so if you think you have a better one please share it with me! I have made this a few times and it is easy and tastes great.

Homemade Pie Crust (original recipe from Smitten Kitchen)

2 sticks unsalted butter, very cold (I leave mine in the refrigerator until I am ready for them)

2 1/2 cups flour

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup water

Fill a liquid measuring cup with 1 cup water and add a few ice cubes, set aside.

Whisk together flour, sugar and salt. I then put my flour mixture into my Kitchen-Aid mixer and dice up my two sticks of VERY COLD butter into 1/2-inch pieces and add the butter to the flour mixture. Then on medium speed  (using the paddle attachment) I mix the flour and butter mixture until the butter pieces are the size of peas (it is okay if all the pieces are not the same size).

See the “Chunks” of butter!
Butter cut into flour mixture. You can see the “chunks” of butter.

Start drizzling 1/2 cup of the ice-cold water (NOT THE CUBES) into the flour mixture. Keep the mixer on slow to medium speed and continue to add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough gathers together into a ball.

Divide the dough in half and place each half on a large piece of plastic wrap. Use the sides of the plastic wrap to shape the dough into a disk. And then let the dough chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour but preferably two.

Pie crust ready for the refrigerator.
Dough mixed up and ready for the refrigerator

After two hours you can roll the dough out for your pie crust. I do let my dough sit out on the counter for about 2 to 3 minutes before I begin to roll it out. Just to take the chill off and make it easier to work with BUT NO LONGER THAN A FEW MINUTES! You want that butter to still be cold when you bake your crust.

This dough will keep in the refrigerator for about a week (WRAP IN A DOUBLE LAYER OF PLASTIC WRAP).

Pie crust ready to be rolled out and placed in pie pans.
Refrigerated dough


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