This recipe makes a perfect 5 Ingredient all purpose pie crust that you can use for everything, from hand pies to pot pies to pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving! I’ll be showing you lots of recipes from here on out to use this crust with, so you may have come to this recipe from another one down the road and if so, welcome! If not, look forward to all of the fantastic uses for this coming in the future. Let’s get started, this is a pretty simple crust to make, like my biscuit recipe the only thing you really have to be careful with is keeping things cold.
Mix up the dry ingredients and cut the butter in, you can use a fork if you don’t have a pastry cutter BUT I’d suggest getting one, they’re very inexpensive (this one is less than $6 on Amazon) and they’re so incredibly useful for pretty much any recipe where you’re baking and also using butter. It makes your dough much more consistent both faster and easier than using a fork and with many recipes (like this one) keeping the butter cold is important!
Then mix up the whole deal and start slowly adding ice water, the dough will start to come together. You can add it a TBSP at a time if you want to be really careful or add about 1/2 a cup then dribble a TBSP at a time in until it all comes together. I live in a pretty dry climate so usually I need the whole cup but you may or may not depending. I like to mix it in with my hands, they seem to work the dough better than anything else
Sometimes I take it out of the bowl when it’s together enough and work it on the cutting board, once you are working with dough you can really pull everything together. Don’t work it too much though, we want that butter to stay in little pockets and as cold as possible! That’s why we use ice water instead of room temperature. When it’s done wrap it up in plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least an hour so it’s nice and cold before you use it.
I even made a YouTube video of this recipe, so you can follow along with me if you like 🙂
All Purpose Pie Crust
- 2 1/2 Cups Flour
- 1 Tbsp Sugar
- 1 Tsp Salt
- 1 Cup 2 sticks Cold cubed butter
- 1 Cup Cold water as needed
Using a pastry cutter, mix together flour, salt and sugar
Cut in butter
Slowly add cold water, about 1/2 cup at first then 1 Tbsp at a time until the dough comes together but is not wet.
Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.
Do you already have some ideas of what to use this crust for? I do! There’s a great recipe coming up later this week that I make at least a few times a year AND is highly requested around this time of year in particular. It’s part of my upcoming Harry Potter series. Are you excited? Let me know what you think if you try this crust in the comments below, and if you want to make Thursdays recipe along with me, make a batch of crust on Wednesday so it will be nice and chilled and ready to go 😉