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The Perfect Flaky Pie Crust

A perfect flaky pie crust recipe for all your favourite pies!  Tender, flaky and delicious.

It’s pie season.  There is such a thing…I think I’ve said this sometime before, but it’s true. Summer and into fall is the time to bake pies because all of the markets are overflowing with seasonal fruits just waiting to be baked into apple pies, peach pies, blueberry pies, pumpkin pies…you name it, you bake it.  I actually think pies are my favourite desserts of all time…especially a good old fashioned apple pie with cheddar cheese and creamy vanilla ice cream…seriously does life get any better?

How to make the Perfect Flaky Pie Crust:

Over the years on this blog I have shared many of my pie recipes and all of them have included my tried-and-true pie crust recipe, but I love this pie crust so much I thought it was time to finally dedicate a specific blog post just for it.  A perfect flaky pie crust deserves it’s very own post don’t you think?

a top down view of a metal bowl filled with pie crust in the texture of we sand. beside the bowl is a pastry cutter

Don’t be afraid of making pie crust!

Pie crusts are really very simple to make…they’re just messy, but easy, and take no time at all.  The keys to a perfectly flaky baked crust is to #1 not over mix the ingredients, #2 the dough should be crumbly like wet sand (like in the image above), and #3 you should bake your pie for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree preheated oven (see tips below).

a top down view of a ball of pie dough on a piece of parchment paper. next to it is a wooden rolling pin

My Pie Crust Tips & Tricks:

  • Don’t over mix/knead your pie crust dough or your pie crust will be tough. In fact the more crumbly it is the more flaky your baked crust will be.
  • The key to a perfectly flaky baked crust is to bake your pie for 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree preheated oven.  Then after this time slip a cookie sheet onto the rack below your pie, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees, and bake for 25-35 minutes more. Bake until the crust is golden brown and your filling is bubbling in the vents.  The initial high temperature ensures that the bottom of your pie crust isn’t soggy.

a top down view of a rolled out pie dough on a piece of parchment paper. next to it is a wooden rolling pin

So let’s get baking shall we…are you ready for a perfect flaky pie crust?

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The Perfect Flaky Pie Crust

A perfect flaky pie crust recipe for all your favourite pies!  Tender, flaky and delicious.

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 top crust and 1 bottom crust 1x
  • Category: Pie

Ingredients

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  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening (lard)
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl.
  2. With a pie cutter, cut in the shortening until the particles are like wet sand.
  3. Sprinkle in water, 1 tsp or so at a time, mixing lightly with a fork. Don’t over mix or the crust will be tough. If your dough seems wet enough, you don’t need to add all of the water.
  4. Press the dough into a ball. It is okay if it is a little crumbly. In fact crumbly makes for a tender, flaky crust!
  5. Separate the ball into 2 balls: one for the bottom crust and one for the top.

Notes

The key to a perfectly flaky baked crust is to bake your pie for 20 minutes in a 400 degree preheated oven. Then after this time slip a cookie sheet onto the rack below your pie, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees, and bake for 25-35 minutes more. Bake until the crust is golden brown and your filling is bubbling in the vents. The initial high temperature ensures that the bottom of your pie crust isn’t soggy.

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Perfect Flaky Pie Crust

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Now to go with this perfectly flaky pie crust you need some pie recipes right?  Well I’ve got you covered.  Over the past few years I have accumulated quite a little collection of pie recipes on this blog, so I have pulled the links for all of them here into one post!  Enjoy!

 12+ Delicious Pie Recipes to Try!

12+ Delicious Pie Recipes

Have a delicious day!

Note: This post was originally published in 2014. I have since updated it with new images and more tips. I also reduced the oven temperature from 425 to 400.

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Virginia Fynes
    August 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Mmmmm… I love pie season, really I love everything about pie! Can’t wait to try some of your yummy ideas!

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna@APrettyLife
      August 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Pie season is the best!! Mmmm pie. Even the word is delicious! 😉

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    Darklittle
    August 15, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    I want a pie right this minute! Sooo yummy!
    And how do I make apple pie with cheddar cheese? Never heard of that before.

    • Reply
      Jo-Anna@APrettyLife
      August 15, 2014 at 12:22 PM

      Oh I just serve my apple pie with a big ‘ol chunk of cheddar cheese on the side! It’s SO good!

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    La Cuisine d'Helene
    August 15, 2014 at 5:23 PM

    It’s so relaxing to make pies. For sweets pies I make a recipe using cream cheese in the pie dough. It’s really good.

  • Reply
    Michele @ Alwayzbakin
    August 16, 2014 at 4:25 AM

    I always have room for a new pie crust in my life. 😉 Thank you for the great advice too! I’m so excited for Fall and pies!

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    heather meads
    August 17, 2014 at 7:39 AM

    Thanks for the recipe and tips too – the pies all look SO good!

  • Reply
    Kyla@Mommy's Weird
    August 18, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    Please bring me some this weekend!

  • Reply
    Tiffany @ MyDirt
    August 19, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    You make it look so easy! And very yummy. I’ll give it a go.

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    Paulina Piskorz
    August 20, 2014 at 2:26 AM

    Thanks for these awesome recipe! I l simply love pie crusts but sometimes they’re a bit too dry for my taste. Lately, I’ve started following this trick and I must say it really works http://www.listonic.com/protips/get/iynqchxtiz

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    Julie
    August 20, 2014 at 5:57 AM

    Sometimes I like the crust more than the filling, great recipe and straight forward.

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    Shopping list app
    January 31, 2019 at 3:11 AM

    5 stars
    Now, I have an idea for my next apple pie. your idea with leaves is amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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