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How to Make a Homemade Pie Crust with Video | The Bearfoot Baker

How to Make a Homemade Pie Crust with Video

A delicious homemade pie crust is the foundation of a perfect pie. This flaky recipe yields enough dough for one top layered pie or two topless pie crusts.
Prep Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings 1 Top Layered Crust or 2 Topless Crusts


  • 1 1 ⁄2 cups of all-purpose flour and more for dusting
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1 1 ⁄2 teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 sticks 8 ounces of unsalted, cold butter cut into small pieces. Place it in the freezer for a few minutes before adding it to the food processor.
  • 1 ⁄4 to 1⁄/2 cups of ice cold water


  • To make the pie dough, place the all-purpose flour, salt and sugar in a food processor.
  • Pulse it a few times to mix the ingredients.
  • Add the butter and pulse until the mixture resembles a coarse meal.
  • Add the water a little at a time.
  • Work the dough until it begins to come together. You'll know it's ready when a small amount will stick together when you squeeze it. You don't want to overwork it as it will become tough.
  • Divide the dough in half and place it on two pieces of plastic wrap.
  • Use the plastic wrap to form a disc and then wrap them.
  • Roll the disc with a rolling pin to flatten it out.
  • Place the disc in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
  • Set the dough on the counter for about 5 minutes before you begin to roll it out. If not, the edges of the dough will crack.
  • Lightly flour your surface and roll the dough a few inches larger than your pie pan.
  • Use the rolling pin to help place the dough on the pie pan and gently place it in the bottom and around the sides.
  • Trim off the excess leaving about one-inch overhang.
  • Fold the rim under. Use the other disc to make a top crust once you add your pie filling. If you want to make two pies, crimp the edges with your fingertips and repeat with the second disc.
  • Wrap each crust with plastic wrap and freeze. Once the dough is frozen, you can stack them in the freezer until you're ready to use them.