The Perfect Flaky Pie Crust

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


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


  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.


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.

Keywords: pie crust