Foolproof Flaky Pie Crust
The flakiest all-butter pie crust recipe!
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour (300 grams)
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar , optional
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter (226 grams), cold and cut into cubes
- ¼-½ cup ice cold water (60-125 ml), as needed (see Notes)
Combine the flour, sugar (if using), and salt in a bowl. Add the cubed butter and toss to coat.
Dump the mixture out onto a clean surface and use a rolling pin to roll the butter into thin sheets, combining it with the flour. Use a bench scraper to scrape the rolling pin and to bring the mixture back into a pile as necessary. Continue until all of the butter is incorporated into the flour. Mixture will be very flaky.
Return mixture to the bowl and place in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill the butter.
Remove from freezer and add ¼ cup of the ice cold water. Use a spoon and then your hands to stir the mixture until it comes together into a ball. If mixture is too dry, add additional water a tablespoon at a time. I usually end up needing somewhere between ⅓ and ½ cup but it varies each time.
Divide the dough in two and flatten into disks. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour and up to 5 days. Dough can also be frozen (double-wrapped) for up to 2 months.
When ready to roll out, let the dough rest at room temperature for five minutes. On a lightly floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out the dough into a rough 13-inch circle. Dough should be about ¼ inch thick.
Transfer dough to 9-inch pie dish. Fill pie with desired filling. Repeat with the second disk of dough. Cut dough and make a lattice over the filling, or leave the circle intact and cover the filling completely, cutting a few vents with a sharp knife.
Fold the edges of the top and bottom crusts together and use your index fingers and thumb to pinch into a pattern. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar, if desired.
Bake pie according to pie recipe instructions.
- Makes enough dough for one 9-inch pie.
- You can find my buttermilk pie crust variation here. It's my favorite for fruit pies!
- If you're looking to speed things up, check out my tutorial on how to make pie crust in a food processor here.
Calories: 281kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Cholesterol: 49mg, Sodium: 236mg, Potassium: 39mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 567IU, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 1mg