Yield: 1 pie crust
Author: Ana Marti
Homemade Basic Pie Crust

Basic Homemade Pie Crust

Prep time: 15 Mininactive time: 30 MinTotal time: 45 Min
This pie crust recipe is my go-to because it comes out perfect every single time. It's also very simple to make, and it only requires a few ingredients.


  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening, cubed
  • 3-4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  1. In a large bowl, mix flour, salt, sugar and give it a quick mix. Add cubed cold butter and vegetable shortening into the flour mixture. With a pastry cutter, cut the fat into the flour until you have small pea-sized crumbs.
  2. Drizzle in the apple cider vinegar along with the cold water. With a wooden spatula, mix the dough until it starts to come together. Turn the dough over to a clean surface and knead it with your hands until it holds together.
  3. Pack the dough into a ball and flatten it into a disc. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or up to 4 days.
  4. Use the crust according to the pie's instructions.


This recipe yields 1 pie crust. If you need 2 pie crusts, simply double the recipe.

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