Pie Crust: Just the Recipe

Recipe From my Great-Grandma Mae. Makes enough for one crust.


  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/3 cups shortening
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2-3 Tbsp ice water


  1. Combine salt, shortening, and flour in a bowl.
  2. Mix with hands until shortening forms pea-sized bits.
  3. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until dough is wet enough to form into a ball.
  4. Mix after each tablespoon of water.
  5. Once dough forms, make a ball.
  6. Turn onto floured surface and roll into circle big enough for your pie plate. (a 9-10 inch pie plate works best)
  7. Turn into pie plate and add filling!
  8. Bake at 450℉ for 10 minutes.
  9. Add Filling.
  10. Bake again according to filling recipe.
  11. Enjoy!

Note: Depending on where you live you may need to add more or less water. For example, in a drier climate, you will need more water. Be sure to add the water 1 Tbsp at a time so that your crust doesn’t turn out too wet.

Second Note: Depending on the filling, you may not need to pre-bake the crust. Be sure to check your filling recipe. Also, this crust recipe can be doubled to make both a top and bottom crust for a fruit pie.

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