Nothing says summer quite like a perfectly baked fruit pie. And the way to make a memorable pie is with a buttery, flaky, homemade crust. With our easy tips, it will be a breeze to learn how to make pie crust sure to impress!

What You'll Need

  • food processor
  • rolling pin
  • measuring cups
  • plastic wrap
  • pie tin
  • pastry scraper
  • Chef's knife
  • large cutting board
  • mixing bowl
  • whisk
  • fork
  • kitchen scissors
homemade pie crust


  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt (we prefer pink Himalayan sea salt)
  • 7 tbsp ice water
  • ½ cup vegetable shortening
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ½ sticks of butter, unsalted and chilled


Step #1: Perfectly Processed

Add salt, sugar, and flour to food processor, pulse until evenly mixed. Divide butter into about 1/4 inch sections, and combine with mixture. Pulse a few more times.

Step #2: Sublime Shortening

Add in the shortening, about 1/8 cup at a time. Pulse a few more times, until consistency of cornmeal. Add the water, and pulse again, until dough begins to clump together.

Step #3: Chill Out

Remove mixture from food processor, flatten out, then wrap in plastic. Place in refrigerator to cool for minimum of one hour, up to one day.

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Step #4: Remarkable Rolling

Remove dough from fridge, and let sit out for 5 minutes. Prepare work surface (like a large cutting board or counter) by sprinkling liberally with flour. Using rolling pin, flatten dough, periodically lifting with a pastry scraper or large spatula so it doesn't stick. Place pie tin upside down over dough; you have the correct size when there's at least one inch extra past the dish on all sides.

Step #5: Perfect Pie

Fold the dough in half, then gently lift into pie dish. Unfold, careful not to pull the dough. Using kitchen scissors, cut the dough so ½-¼ of an inch remains over the lip of the pie tin. Lightly tuck the remaining dough around the edge of the tin. Press the spears of a fork down around the edge.

Step #6: Egg Wash

Mix heavy cream and one egg yolk together with whisk. Brush the dough lightly with the egg wash. Fill with your choice of fillings, and bake accordingly.

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