Quick and Easy Pie Dough – A Simple Trick

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Quick and Easy Pie Dough

Ever since we got married I have made my pie crusts from scratch. It’s surprisingly simple and easy to do.

Admittedly I went through a phase, where the only thing my attempts created were flops. Total flops! However, after time I have perfected my method, and they turn out every time! Best of all, from start to finish, it takes me less than 10 minutes to get the crust in the pan ready to bake.

What is the trick to my quick and easy pie dough? A food processor!

I love my Bosch Mixer, it’s great for all types of uses and has many attachments that replace other kitchen appliances. Such as a blender, grater, and a chopper. For my pie crusts I use the chopper attachment.

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3  cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ice cold water

The flour, salt, soda, and shortening (I found that real butter gives me the best result) get put into the chopper.

quick and easy pie dough

The butter MUST be cold and hard when you put it in the flour. Right out of the fridge works best. I cannot stress how important this is. It took me several flops to realize that the butter must be cold. Turn the chopper on to medium speed and run it until the mixture looks like very course flour.

Quick and Easy pie dough being mixed in the chopper

Add the cold water a tbs like the recipe says, let the chopper run as you are adding the water. When you have enough water in the mixture, your dough will pull away from the edge and roll up.


Flip your dough out onto a floured surface, kneed it lightly and then roll it out. This will just take practice, but just make sure you have flour under the dough at all times and a flip or two help you keep the shape round.

Quick and easy pie dough

  The Betty Crocker recipe give you baking time and all the other stuff. The main tip I am giving you here, is to use your chopper instead of a pastry knife. Huge time saver!

Next time you make a pie, you can use my quick and easy tip for pie dough. :) I shared this with my sis and now she won’t make it any other way!

Respectful opinions are always welcome

  1. Where have I been all this time. I have come to [hate] making pie dough because of that dreaded pastry blender. In fact in the last couple of years…..(don’t tell) I’ve bought my pie dough. I know your probably gasping for air right now. I might just have to make a pie for supper.

  2. Ok , so now I need to get one of these! I do everything by hand and it is rather time consuming. I am not an expert pie maker yet (that is mom’s territory) because I have not mastered the crust. I will have to try this trick. Thanks for sharing! You are makign me crave pie now darn it :)

  3. Seems so easy! I think I need to give it a whirl-no pun intended! I’ve been thinking about a Bosch mixer for a while now. Thanks for linking up to One Creative Weekend.

  4. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try this as you’ve made it look so do-able!!

  5. Great tips! I’ve never made a pie in my life. But, I am tempted after to give it a try after reading your post. :) I found it next to my link up at Uncommon Designs. :) Megan

  6. OOOh pie dough is easy! I used to hate making it, then discovered using vinegar in the recipe, with luke warm water, olive oil (or shortening or butter), egg, and flour works well. I just use a regular wooden spoon, stir well, let it rest a few minutes, and then roll it out. I use an Amish recipe and it gets rave reviews so far. :)

  7. You should try rendering lard and using that instead of butter. If you know a pig farmer ask for leaf lard. Don’t buy the stuff at the store..blech!

    We must live only a state or two apart since I have a Meijer right up the road too.

    Love your blog!

    • Thanks for the complement! We butcher a hog each year and yes, lard makes great pie crusts! But we run out pretty fast :)
      Yeah the stuff at the store is awful!

  8. Brilliant! Just wanted to let you know I featured this on my blog today! You can check it out here and grab a Featured button if you want: http://practicallyfunctional.net/2013/01/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-33/

    • Thank you so much! I already have the button (because you are so awesome and have featured me before!) But I’m grabbing it for this post, I can brag about it after all 😉

  9. keshakeke says:

    What a great idea! I will have to try this the next time I make a pie I usually buy the premade crust just because of the time involved in making a good crust! Thanks for the tip

  10. Your post makes me want to go out today to purchase a food processor. The last one I had broke and I haven’t purchased a new one yet. Love this recipe. Easy and simple.

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