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Single Crust Pie Dough

April 23, 2015

Buttery, crisp and flaky, this is a good old-fashioned pie crust recipe, also known as pate brisee.

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For step-by-step recipe with photos or a double-crust pie dough recipe, click here.

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Single-Crust Pie Dough
YIELD: 1 9-inch pie crust, enough for a single-crust pie
Buttery, crisp, crumbly, and flaky, this is a good old-fashioned pie crust recipe, also known as pate brisee.

  • 1 1/4 cups (175g/6.2 oz.) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick/113g) cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 2-4 tablespoons (30-60 ml) very cold water
  1. Process flour, salt, and sugar in a food processor for a few seconds until combined (Instead of food processor, you can do the whole process by hand, using a pastry cutter). Add butter and pulse until mixture becomes crumbly and resembles coarse meal (different size of butter pieces or some large pieces is fine), about 15 pulses. Add 2 tablespoons water and keep pulsing, adding more water as needed, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough isn’t dry and starts to clump together. Do not process to the point that a large ball of dough is formed, rather the dough should be quite crumbly with large clumps. Another way to check if it’s done, is to take a piece of dough and press it between your thumbs – the dough should stick well together without feeling dry or crumbly.
  2. Turn the dough to a floured surface and form into a ball. It should come together easily without being sticky. Flatten ball slightly with your hands to form a 1-inch thick disc. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before proceeding with your pie recipe.
  3. If you don’t want to use the dough right away, you can refrigerate it or for up to 3 days or freeze it for up to a month, then thaw it overnight in the fridge.


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  • Reply
    October 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Hello ! It’s a very nice pie crust : flaky, buttery, and not crumbly 🙂 But too much salt for a sweet pie… Next time I will add more sugar and remove a little salt . But really good ! Kepp this recipe in my pocket.

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    August 22, 2020 at 3:06 pm

    what temperature should it be baked at and how long

    • Reply
      August 23, 2020 at 5:34 am

      Hi Susan, in this recipe you can find instructions on how to bake it (if you’re prebaking the crust).

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