Pie Crusts

Listed below are instructions on how to make four simple types of pie crusts. The listed pie crusts include Shortbread Pie Crusts, Graham Cracker Pie Crusts, Basic Sweet Pie Crusts and Flaky Butter Pie Crusts. There is also some simple advice if it all gets too hectic.

Shortbread Pie Crust

  • 3 cups melted butter
  • 5/8 cup light brown sugar
  • 5/8 cup confectioner's sugar
  • 4 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Place dough into a 9-inch pie plate and press onto bottom and sides of pie pan.
  3. Chill for approximately 2 hours.
  4. Bake at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until the crust edges become lightly browned.
Graham Cracker Pie Crust

Graham Cracker Pie Crust

  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/3 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients in mixing bowl.
  2. Place ingredients in a 9-inch pie plate and press onto plate until a pie shell is created along the bottom and sides of the plate.
  3. Note: You can use your hands or an object with a flat bottom to press the crust down tightly.
  4. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until the crust begins to brown.

**For visual instructions, follow along with my Pumpkin Pie Graham Cracker Crust slideshow**

Basic Sweet Pie Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups bleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 additional tablespoons bleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced and chilled
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
  • About 5 tablespoons ice water

Instructions

  1. Sift flour, sugar and salt into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Add butter and shortening.
  3. Blend until mixture resembles crumbs.
  4. Add ice water one tablespoon at a time, mixing until the dough forms together.
    Note: Be careful not to over mix the dough.
  5. Shape dough into a ball and then press it into a disk.
  6. Wrap in a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least half-an-hour before using.

Flaky Pie Crust

  • 1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cubed
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • About 8 tablespoons ice water

Instructions

  1. Combine flour, salt and sugar in a large mixing bowl until combined.
  2. Add butter and toss until slightly coated.
  3. Rub butter into flour mixture until it is in small bean pieces that form together into pieces when squeezed in your palm.
    Note: This should take about 2 minutes.
  4. Add shortening and toss until slightly coated.
  5. Rub into flour mixture until it is in small bean pieces that form together into fist-shaped clumps when squeezed.
    Note: This should take about 1 minute.
  6. Add half of the ice water by drizzling it in, lightly mixing it in until mixture is lightly moistened.
  7. Add in remaining water one tablespoon at a time, combing through the mixture to lightly moisten it.
  8. The dough will slowly come together when it is moistened but make sure it is not too wet
    Note: Do not overwork or over moisten the dough or it will become too tough.
  9. Rotate the mixing bowl with one hand and use the other to push the dough to one side until it forms into a ball.
  10. Press it into a disk and plastic wrap it.
  11. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before rolling it out and onto your pie pan.
Premade Pie Crust

Simple Solution Pie Crusts

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