How to Make the Best Flaky Pie Crust

Buying a pre-made frozen pie crust from your local grocery store is no doubt a very simple to make a quick pie recipe, but nothing beats a freshly homemade flaky pie crust. It looks tricky baking activity, but it is super simple to make. All it requires is, four to six ingredients and a proper procedure to put them together.

Prep time: 30 min
Bake time: 25 to 30 min
Total time: 55 to 60 min
Yield: 01 large pie crust
Utensils: mixing bowl, pie plate, plastic wrapping sheet, 9 to 10-inch pie dish

Ingredients:
All-purpose flour: 1 ¾ cups
Granulated sugar: 2 teaspoons
Table salt: ¾ teaspoon
Cold unsalted butter – small dice: 6 tablespoons
Shortening: ¼ cup
Ice water: 7 to 8 tablespoons

Instructions

  • 1

    Place 1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour in a large mixing bowl and scatter 2 teaspoons of granulated sugar all over the top. Top the flour-sugar mixture with ¾ teaspoon of table salt and mix well.

  • 2

    Now place 6 tablespoons of diced cold unsalted butter in the mixing bowl and use one of your hands to mix the ingredients until the butter cubes are coated from all sides.

  • 3

    Use your forefingers and thumb to rub the coated butter in order to incorporate it into the flour mixture.

  • 4

    Continue rubbing with your hand until converts into bean sized pieces and comes together perfectly in the quarter-sized clumps when compressed in palm.

  • 5

    Add in ¼ cup of shortening and mix well. Continue mixing and rubbing the added shortening with the flour mixture for the next 2 minutes until it forms pea-sized chunks.

  • 6

    Pour in half cup of ice water and use your fingers to rake it through the flour-butter mixture until slightly moistened.

  • 7

    Drizzle in the remaining ice water – one tablespoon at a time. Now use your fingers to comb together the mixture until moistened well and forms messy dough.

  • 8

    Knead the dough for the next 5 to 8 minutes and shape it like a round ball at the end.

  • 9

    Place a plastic wrapping sheet on a smooth surface and put the dough on it.

  • 10

    Now cover the dough with the wrapping sheet, press it down into a flat disk and then close it wrap thoroughly.

  • 11

    Place the wrapped dough in your refrigerator for 25 to 30 minutes.

  • 12

    Take out the dough from refrigerator after half an hour, unseal it and roll it carefully to give it a pie crust shape.

  • 13

    Shift it into a large pie plate or pie dish without disturbing its shape.

  • 14

    Now fill it with your favourite pie filling, bake according to the instructions and enjoy it.

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