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Super Flaky Pie Crust

When you have the perfect pie crust, any pie is possible. This pie crust has only 4 ingredients and is so flaky, it melts in your mouth.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • cup shortening or lard cold
  • 5 Tbsp water ice-cold


  • Mix together salt and flour in a medium size bowl.
  • Add shortening and blend it into the dry mixture with a fork or pastry cutter until it has a crumbly texture.
    flour with shortening cut into it
  • Gradually add the ice water a tablespoon at a time until the dough is formed. You can use a food processor but do not overmix.
  • Turn out dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut in half. Roll each into a ball and then shape into a disc.
    raw pie crust dough shaped into a disc
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  • Place discs on the floured surface and roll out to about ⅛ of an inch thick, rolling from the center outward.
  • Roll crust over the rolling pin and use it to transfer the crust to the pie plate.
  • Dock the crust by poking it randomly across the bottom.
    raw pie crust in a fluted tart pie pan
  • Shape the crust into the pie plate and style the edges as you like.
    raw pie with leaf cut from dough for decoration
  • To bake the crust as is, place in a preheated 400°F oven for 20 minutes.
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