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Freeze It: Easy Pie Crust

Shortcut your way to wonderful pies.

  • prep: 40 mins
    total time: 1 hour 40 mins
  • yield: Makes 2


  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 sticks chilled unsalted butter


  1. Step 1

    To make dough, mix flour, salt, and sugar in a medium-size bowl. Cut butter into pieces. With a pastry blender, cut in butter, working until mixture resembles coarse meal.

  2. Step 2

    Add ice water; work with hands until dough comes together. If dough is still crumbly, add more ice water a tablespoon at a time (up to 4 more tablespoons). Do not overwork.

  3. Step 3

    Divide dough in half, and flatten halves into disks. Wrap disks separately in plastic; refrigerate at least 1 hour.

  4. Step 4

    To form pie-shell, on a floured surface, roll dough into a 14-inch round. Wrap around rolling pin; carefully unroll over a 9-inch pie plate.

  5. Step 5

    Fit gently into bottom and side of plate. Use kitchen shears to trim dough to a 1-inch overhang; fold under, and seal to form a rim.

  6. Step 6

    Crimp rim with fingertips and knuckle. Repeat with remaining dough; wrap each with plastic, stack, and freeze.

Reviews (1)

  • 13 Oct, 2013

    On step 6, after crimping the edge, it says to wrap in plastic, stack and freeze. Wouldn't the crust loose it's
    shape and fluted edge if stacked before freezing? Thanks for any help.