How to Make Pie Crust

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How to Make Pie Crust

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Things To Grab

  • Pastry cutter
  • Rolling pin
  • Pie pan
  • Sharp knife

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    Come for the turkey, but stay for the pie. Learn how to make homemade pie crust in 5 easy steps.

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    1. Gather all ingredients to make pie crust. Make sure whatever fat you're using (butter, shortening, etc.) is cold. You can even place it in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes before starting your crust.

    2. Cutting in butter to flour using a pastry cutter

      Cut butter into flour using a pastry cutter. Add enough water to form a soft, malleable ball.

      Hyvee Culinary Expert Tip
      Looking for a faster way to make your pie dough? Combine all ingredients, except water, into a food processor. Pulse until butter resembles small peas. Slowly add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until dough reaches desired consistency.
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    3. Using a rolling pin to roll out pie crust on lightly floured surface

      Roll pastry, starting at the center moving toward the edges, into a 12-inch-diameter circle. Fold pastry into quarters.

    4. Bottom crust put into place in pie pan

      Unfold pastry into a 9-inch pie pan. Ease pastry into pan without pulling or stretching.

    5. Fruit-filled pie in pie plate being covered with top crust

      Transfer fruit filling into pastry-lined pie pan. Fold top pastry in half; gently place over filling, covering half of the filling. Unfold pastry to cover other half of filling.

    6. Fluting the edges of double crusted pie

      Trim pastry to 1/2-inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold top pastry under bottom pastry and crimp as desired.