Easy-As-Pie Pie Crusts
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Easy-as-Pie Pie Crusts

The trickiest part of making any pie is getting the crust just right. Try these tips to ensure flaky deliciousness for every pie you'll ever bake. Perfect pie crust isn't impossible, we promise.

  1. Use half shortening and half butter for a flakier crust. Shortening tenderizes and butter gives rich flavor. Use a bit of both for a heavenly pie crust combination.
  2. Measure, measure, measure. Level off ingredients on the top of measuring cups and spoons with the flat part of a knife so your amounts are precise.
  3. Keep things chilly. Chill the butter and shortening, use ice water in the dough and make sure you roll it out on a cool surface.
  4. Don't over mix. Blend ingredients until the dough just holds together. Too much mixing will make tough pie crust.
  5. Roll dough on a cool surface lightly coated with flour. The cooler the surface, the less likely the dough is to stick. Lifting the dough up from the surface every so often while you roll it out will help too.
  6. Put your skills to the test. Last but not least, it's time to give your perfect pie crust a try. Use a homemade crust in this delicious traditional Chicken and Artichoke Pot Pie, or try this yummy Greek-inspired Turkey Spanikopita Pie.



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