Basic Pie Crust

Every good pie starts with a flakey crust. Make and freeze this recipe in advance so a crust is ready for all your pie-making whims.

by Dani Yokhna
Basic Pie Crust - Photo by Stephanie Staton (
Photo by Stephanie Staton

Yield: 4 bottom crusts, or 2 top and 2 bottom crusts


  • 3 cups flour (up to 1 cup can be whole-wheat flour)
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 T. vinegar
  • 5 T. cold water
  • 1 egg

Use pastry cutter or two knives to cut in butter and shortening with flour until it resembles coarse meal. Combine remaining ingredients and thoroughly mix liquids into dry mixture. Form dough into ball; then press it into flat disk and quarter dough. Chill for at least 30 minutes before rolling out on floured board.

The crust can be kept in the freezer for two to three months. When you’re ready to use it, thaw overnight in the fridge and then at room temperature for two hours before use.


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