The Easiest, Most Effective Way to Make Your Own Pie Crust
Easy enough for first-timers, this surprisingly simple tutorial will make even the most reluctant bakers into believers. This recipe makes one 9-inch pie crust with just 10 minutes of hands-on time (total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes). Whether you're making apple pie, pumpkin pie, or any other pie dessert that calls for traditional pie crust, this will do the trick.
For a basic crust that makes two single-crust pies or one double-crust pie, find our easy recipe for pie crust here.
What You'll Need for Our Simple Single Pie Crust Recipe
- 1¼ cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for rolling the dough
- ½ cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 to 4 tablespoons ice water
How to Make Pie Crust
How to Parbake and Prebake a Pie Crust
Line the chilled crust with a piece of foil, leaving an overhang all around. Fill with pie weights and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes. Remove the weights and foil. For a par-baked (partially baked) crust, bake until dry and set, 5 to 8 minutes more. For a pre-baked crust, bake until golden, 10 to 12 minutes more. Let the crust cool completely before filling.
The Best Pie Weights Substitute
It's a no brainer: if you're trying to parbake, prebake, or blind-bake a pie crust and don't have pie weights on hand, use dried beans. Simply set a sheet of foil or parchment paper on top of the dough, then fill it up with dried beans. If you're out of those, feel free to use dried rice or popcorn kernels instead using the same method.