Tender Flaky Pie Crust

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Tender Flaky Pie Crust

Try this recipe for tender, flaky pie crust, and it just may become your go-to crust for pastries and pies. It makes 2 9-inch unbaked piecrusts.

Total Time: 10
Yield: 2 crusts


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons shortening, at room temperature
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water


In a large bowl, mix together the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut butter and shortening into the flour mixture with a pastry blender or fork until the mixture resembles baby peas. Sprinkle the water over the mixture, 1 tablespoon at a time, and blend with a fork. Repeat until the dough is moist enough to come together. Gather the dough into a ball, knead 5 seconds, and then cut into two pieces. Flatten each piece slightly and shape into a disk. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap; chill 20 minutes.

Roll out one of the disks on a lightly floured surface until you have a circle about 12 inches in diameter.

Place dough into 9-inch pie plate, trimming any extra from the edges. Return it to the refrigerator until you are ready to make the pie.

  • I used this recipe when I made a blueberry pie and my husband said it was the best blueberry pie that I had ever made. The crust was simply delicious.

  • This is the best pie crust I have ever found. You can omit the sugar without any adverse effect. It comes out very flaky and very tender. I use it exclusively now for any thing that needs a crust. I keep the sugar in if using it for fruit pies and omit it if for pot pies, etc.

  • Simply delicious! Received rave reviews when I brought this to a gathering. Was rather time-consuming to prepare, but was well worth it.


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