I always thought making a pie crust was incredibly hard, but it turns out it’s not too complicated. Flour, butter, salt, sugar, water, and some apple cider vinegar is all you need for this homemade butter pie crust recipe.
One tool that really helps is pastry blender. It helps cut the butter into small pieces and blend with the flour so the crust becomes flaky.
This is a basic pie crust recipe enough for 2 pie shells. I use it for sweet and savory pies such as my creamy mushroom pie.
How to Make Homemade Pie Crust
Combine flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl and whisk together. Add the butter to the flour and blend with a pastry blender until it resembles coarse meal.
In a separate bowl, mix apple cider vinegar with water. Sprinkle water into the mixture and mix with a spoon.
Continue adding water until the mixture begins to form a ball. You may not need to use all the water. If the dough is wet and tacky, you’ve added too much water. Sprinkle a little flour and knead until the water is absorbed.
Cut the ball into two piece. Wrap each portion in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 30 mins before rolling into pie crust.
Butter Pie Crust
- Pastry Blender
- 2.5 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 tsp sugar
- 0.5 cup cold unsalted butter – cut into 1/2" cubes
- 1 cup cold water
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- Whisk flour, salt, and sugar together
- Add butter, coat with flour and cut with pastry blender until butter resembles coarse meal
- Combine water and apple cider vinegar together in a bowl
- Sprinkle water mix into the flour and mix until incorporated. Continue sprinkling water and mixing until the dough just starts forming a ball. It should not be tacky.
- Squeeze and pack the dough into a ball. Cut the ball in half and shape into balls
- Wrap each ball in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 30 mins before rolling into a pie crust