Easy Pie Crust Recipe

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Even novice bakers who shy away from homemade pie pastry can't go wrong with this recipe. It is easy to roll out and produces a tender, flaky crust every time.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:6-8 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup shortening
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons 2% milk

Nutritional Facts

1/8 of a single pie pastry equals 132 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 1 mg cholesterol, 76 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour and salt; cut in shortening until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle with vinegar. Gradually add the milk, tossing with a fork until a ball is formed. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until easy to handle.
  2. For a single crust, roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to fit a 9-in. or 10-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry 1/2 in. beyond edge of plate; flute edges. Fill or bake shell according to recipe directions.
  3. For a double crust, divide pastry in two portions so that one ball is slightly larger than the other. Roll out larger ball on a lightly floured surface to fit a 9-in. or 10-in. pie plate. Transfer pastry to pie plate. Trim pastry even with edge of plate. Add filling. Roll out remaining pastry to fit top of pie; place over filling. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cut slits in top. Bake according to recipe directions. Yield: pastry for a single- or double-crust pie (9 or 10 inches).
Originally published as Never-Fail Pie Crust in The Taste of Home Cookbook 2006, p484

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Reviewed Nov. 29, 2014

"Don't waste your time making this crust. My pumpkin pie filling was delicious but this crust ruined my yummy pie. Texture wasn't right and it had no flavor"

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2014

"I used this recipe for my first homemade apple pie. It is such a simple and easy recipe to follow. It turned out great! I will definetly use this as my go to pie crust recipe in the future."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"Made this for apple pie today, turned out wonderful. Never made a pie crust before, saving for future pies!"

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"So easy and tasty!!"

Reviewed May. 17, 2014

"I baked the double crust today. For my taste, it needed a little extra shortening. Good all the same. Also, I added 1 tablespoon of sugar."

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