How to Press a Piecrust

Rolling out a thin piecrust and moving it successfully onto a pie plate can be tricky. This video demonstrates a technique that’s so easy it doesn’t even require a rolling pin.

What You Need

  1. Check pie dough
  2. Check cutting board
  3. Check sharp knife
  4. Check pie plate
  5. Check flour

Follow These Steps

  1. Slice the chilled dough

    Start with a piece of dough that’s been formed into a disk and chilled. Place it on a cutting board and slice it into 1/4-inch-thick pieces with a sharp knife.

    Tip: Make sure the dough is well chilled so it won’t become sticky as you work with it.

  2. Line the pie plate with the slices

    Place the pieces of pie dough along the bottom of your pie plate in a single layer. Bend and break pieces of dough as needed, fitting them together like a puzzle, until you fill up the entire bottom of the plate.

    Tip: If you have any extra dough, wrap it in plastic wrap and store it in the refrigerator or freezer for another use.

  3. Press dough against the pie plate

    Starting at the center and working your way out toward the sides, press the pieces of dough together with your fingertips, maintaining an even thickness.

    Tip: Flour your fingers as you work so the dough doesn’t stick to them.

  4. Mold and push crust up the edges

    When you reach the edges, start pressing the dough up the sides of the pie plate with the fingertips of one hand, slowly turning the plate with the other, until you’ve completed the entire edge. Starting at the center of the pie plate and working your way to the edges, pat the dough to make sure it feels even in thickness.