How To: Make Pie Crust

Up until recently I had never made a pie crust before but when I came across The Pioneer’s Woman’s Flaky Pie Crust recipe I knew I HAD to try it, and try it I did. The first time I made it was back in April the pie crust came out great but the transfer from the pie crust to the pie plate was a JOKE! Luckily the pie crust was still delicious so I thought I would share it with you!

You start off simply enough with 3 cups of all purpose flour:

Next you want to add 1-1/2 Cup Vegetable Shortening

Then using a pastry blender start combing the shortening and flour

When you’re done it should look like this

Whisk and egg and add the egg to the flour shortening mixture:

Then add 5 Tablespoons of cold water

And 1 Tablespoon of white vinegar

Then add 1 tsp of salt

Using a wooden spoon combine the ingredients

Then separate the dough into three equal size balls

Next you want to put each of the balls into it’s own separate freezer bag and flatten it out a little

Lay the flattened dough on top of each other on a flat surface in the freezer. Freeze for at least 25 minutes before using!

Come back tomorrow for how to easily transfer your crust to your pie plate and then for an amazing Pumpkin Pie recipe!

How To: Make Pie Crust


3 cups All-purpose Flour
1-1/2 cup Vegetable Shortening
1 whole Egg
5 Tablespoons Cold Water
1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
1 teaspoon Salt


  1. Combine 3 cups all purpose flour with 1-1/2 cup vegetable shortening with a pastry blender.
  2. Whisk 1 large egg and add it to the flour/shortening mix. Add 5 tablespoons of cold water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt.
  3. Stir until all ingredients are combined.
  4. On a floured surface take your dough and split it into three large balls. Place each ball into its own freezer bag and flatten it out. Freeze for at least 25 minutes before using!

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  1. Keara B. says

    I’m not the best in the kitchen, so it’s always helpful to find a step-by-step recipe (with pictures to boot!) to help me out. I think I might just have to make homemade pie crust for our next holiday get-together. Thanks for posting this!


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