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Homemade Flaky Pie Crust Recipe

This Homemade Flaky Pie Crust Recipe came straight from my Grandmother and turns out perfectly every time!
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Keyword: Homemade Flaky Pie Crust Recipe
Servings: 24
Calories: 154kcal


  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1.25 cups vegetable shortening
  • 1 egg - lightly beaten
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder


  • Add the flour and shortening to a medium size mixing bowl.
  • Using a pastry blender, cut the shortening into the flour mixture until it resembles course crumbs and there are no large clumps of shortening remaining.
  • Add the egg, water, vinegar, salt, and baking powder and stir until incorporated.
  • Turn out the dough onto a flat, floured surface.
  • Form the dough into a rectangular brick and divide into 3 equal portions.
  • Wrap each portion in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes or freeze for 15 minutes.
  • Place one of the chilled dough portions onto a floured, flat surface.
  • Roll out the crust with a flour dusted rolling pin until it is about 1" wider then the pie plate.
  • Using a metal spatula or other thin, flat implement dipped into flour, flip half of the crust over to make moving into the pie plate easier. See above photo.
  • Fill crust with desired filling.
  • For a single crust, use 3 finger tips to create a scalloped edge by pinching and tucking. See above photo.
  • For a lattice top crust, roll out a second crust following the above steps.
  • Cut the crust into 10 similar width strips.
  • Create the lattice by laying 5 strips equidistant apart vertically.
  • Lay the remaining 5 strips equidistant apart horizontally, lifting the vertical strips as needed to create the under and over lattice effect. See above photos.
  • Bake as specified in the pie recipe.


Nutrition facts are approximate.


Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 28mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 10IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.8mg