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Flaky Pie Dough

A food processor yields the flakiest crust, but you can also make this recipe with a pastry blender; work quickly to keep the butter cold. Try this pie dough with our Pumpkin Pie recipe or our Chocolate Meringue Pie. To use this recipe for our Pecan Praline Tart, make recipe as directed, substituting 3/4 cup ground pecans for 3/4 cup flour.

  • Yield: Makes enough for two 9-inch pies
Flaky Pie Dough

Photography: Anna Williams

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2007


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/4 sticks (18 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 to 2 tablespoons ice water


  1. Pulse flour, sugar, and salt in a food processor to combine. Add butter, and process until mixture resembles coarse meal, about 10 seconds. With machine running, add ice water in a slow, steady stream until dough just holds together (no longer than 30 seconds).

  2. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a disk, and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or up to 2 days). Dough can be frozen for up to 1 month; thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Reviews (1)

  • knittingaddict51 27 Nov, 2011

    I've only tried once in my adult life to make a pie crust, & it was not a success. My grandmother encouraged me to use the ready made crusts, saying they were as good as any you could make. I have been doing that for 30 years now. I finally got the nerve to try this recipe after watching your show & seeing how easy it was to make a crust. This recipe was a HUGE hit, easy to make, & will be a staple in my recipes! This delicious crust proves that crust is more than a vehicle for filling! YUMMY!!!

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