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Grandma's Pie Crust Recipe

Make this homemade pie crust recipe from scratch, beginning with my Grandma's pie crust recipe!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword best pie crust recipe, grandma's pie crust recipe, how to make pie crust, pie crust with butter
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 217 kcal
Author Kris Bordessa


  • 3 cups unbleached organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 1/4 cups butter chilled
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp. vinegar (here's why I use real apple cider vinegar)
  • Water


Make the dough

  1. Measure flour and salt into large bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into dry ingredients until you have a fine crumble. Crack egg into measuring cup; add vinegar and then enough water to make 7/8 of a cup, more or less. Use fork to whisk egg mixture together. Pour egg mixture into dry ingredients almost all at once. (I usually hold out about a quarter of a cup.) Mix with the fork, gently gathering the dough from the outside of the bowl. Add the rest of the liquid if necessary. Do not over mix. Alternatively, you can use a stand mixer - just be sure not to over mix.
  2. As soon as the dough comes together, turn it out onto a floured surface. Use your hands to carefully press the dough together---you're not kneading here, just binding the ingredients together in a solid mass.

Roll the dough

  1. Divide dough evenly into two, then roll out on a liberally floured surface. Fold the dough in half for easy lifting, then move into a pie pan. (I just use a simple glass pie pan like this.)

  2. For a single crust pie like pumpkin or lemon merengue, tuck the dough edges under and then crimp all around. For a filled pie, add a generous amount of filling, and top with the second crust.
  3. Roll both dough edges under at the rim of the pie pan, and crimp them together. Crimping is an art! Perfect crimping takes years of practice. (My pies are still not as beautiful as my mom's, but I've got her apple pie recipe down pat. You should try it.)

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Recipe Notes

This homemade pie crust recipe makes a double crust -- enough for a top and bottom. If you're making a single crust pie such as a pumpkin pie, you'll be able to make two.

If you only need one of these, you can freeze the other for another pie another time.