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Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

A simple, homemade pie crust made easy with a food processor.

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups all purpouse flour
  • 1 T sugar (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cold unsalted butter cut into Tablespoon-size pieces
  • 3-4 T cold water

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, Combine the flour, sugar, and salt and pulse a few times to mix. Scatter the butter over the top, then pulse until you have a mix of small, different sizes flakes, crumbs, and bits of butter the size of peas. Add 2 tablespoons of the water and pulse about five times. Add one more tablespoon of water and pulse three or four more times. Stop and feel the dough, it should be just damp enough to form a rough ball. If necessary, add more water by teaspoons, pulsing once or twice after each addition. The total mixing time should be less than 1 minute. Do not mix until the dough forms a ball, it should remain a rough, loose mass. Remove the dough from the food processor. with lightly floured hands, gently shape the dough into a smooth disc. The dough may be rolled out and used right away. Or, for easier rolling, wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

  2. Lightly dust a work surface, the dough, and the rolling pin with flour. Place the dough in the center of the surface. Rolling from the center toward the edges in all directions, use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a round 2-3 in. larger than your pie dish. Using a scraper or offset spatula, lift and turn the dough several times as you roll to prevent sticking. Dust the surface and the rolling pin with flour as needed. Carefully roll the dough around the rolling pin, brushing off the excess flour with a pastry brush. Position the rolling pin over a pie pan or dish. Unroll the dough and center it in the dish. Gently press the dough into the bottom and up the sides of the dish, making sure not to push or stretch it.

  3. Preheat the oven to 375° F. Line the crust with aluminum foil and fill it with pie weights or dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes at 375°, then remove the weights and foil and bake until deep gold, 8 to 10 minutes longer. Remove crust from oven and let cool completely on a wire rack. Reduce the oven temperature to 350° F.