Homemade Pie Crust


Homemade Buttery Pie Crust

Course Baking, Dessert, holiday food
Cuisine American
Author Catherine’s Plates


  • 1 cutting board & knife
  • 1 large mixing bowl & wire whisk
  • pastry blender
  • measuring cup & measuring spoons
  • fork
  • plastic wrap
  • Rolling Pin
  • 9 inch pie plate


  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup ice cold water
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold butter
  • extra flour for rolling dough


  • On a small cutting board cut cold butter into 8 pats. Cut each pat into 4 pieces, keeping them separated on your cutting board. Refrigerate butter to keep cold while preparing next step.
  • In a large bowl mix together flour, salt, and sugar using a wire whisk.
  • Place cold butter pieces all on top of flour. Using your fingers or a pastry blender cut butter into flour until it resembles coarse crumbs all covered with flour. Should have a pale color to it.
  • Add in water 1 TBS at a time, stirring with a fork, until dough forms. Form into a ball of dough and flatten into a disk shape.
    NOTE: place ice cubes in cold water to keep it chilled during this step.
  • Wrap dough disk tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour to over night.

Roll Out Dough for Pie Plate

  • Take dough out of refrigerator and let sit for a few minutes. Lightly flour work surface and unwrap dough and place in center of floured work surface. Lightly flour top of dough.
  • Place rolling pin in center of dough and roll out to outer edge. Turn dough 1/4 of the way and place rolling pin in center and roll out again. Keep doing this until your dough is a circle 13 inches in diameter.
  • Place rolling pin at edge of pie dough and roll dough over rolling pin and roll to other end. Brush off excess flour along the way if needed, using a pastry brush.
  • Place rolled dough on top of your pie plate over lapping edge and roll dough off of the rolling pin going across the pie plate.
    NOTE: your pie crust should be laying across the pie plate.
  • Pick up your dough along the edges and push down inside the pie plate to form your crust. Cut off any excess dough along the outer rim of pie plate.
  • Crimp, fold, or flute your dough edges along the pie plate rim.
  • Prepare pie using your favorite pie fillings.