How To Make All Purpose Pie Crust Recipe

Archana Doshi
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The Easy Pie Crust Recipe also known as the all-purpose pie crust or a tart crust is extremely easy to make at home. These pie crusts when baked and kept handy, can be used to quickly serve a dessert or an appetizer.This crust can be made by food processor or by hand. Either way, it is critical to work quickly to avoid the gluten and to preserve a tender, melt-in-your-mouth texture.

It is great to have a rolled out and crimped pie crust ready and waiting in the freezer. Well sealed in a freezer bag, the crust will keep for up to a month. When ready to use, juts pop it into a preheated oven as if you had just prepared it. Alternatively stock your inventory with delicious cups that can come in handy anytime. 

Note: You can also use Whole Wheat Flour to make the pie crust. The crust turns out just as nice and flaky.

Prep in

15 M

Cooks in

60 M

Total in

75 M


9 inch pie Servings


  • 1-1/2 cups All Purpose Flour (Maida)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter (Unsalted) , cut into small pea size pieces
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Chilled water

How to make How To Make All Purpose Pie Crust Recipe

  1. To begin making the Easy All purpose Pie Crust Recipe, first get all the ingredients ready and get your butter cut into small pea size pieces.

  2. The next step is to make the dough for the pie crust. 

  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the butter into the flour mixture.

  4. Work the butter into the flour with your fingers until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. When you hold the flour together, it should hold tight and when you let it loose, it will fall apart.

  5. Sprinkle ice water onto the flour and butter mixture.  Using your hands push the dough from the sides to the middle of the bowl to form a ball that holds together.

  6. Make sure to add little water at a time, as the heat from your hands will melt the butter and help form the dough as well. 

  7. You can transfer the pie dough on to a work surface and knead the dough until all the flour has come together to form a smooth dough.

  8. Once done, wrap the dough in a cling film or a plastic wrap and refrigerate it for a couple of hours. This refrigeration process helps to give the pie crust a flaky texture.

  9. Once refrigerated, we are now ready to roll the dough to form a crust.

  10. On a generously floured surface, gently flatten the ball of the dough with a rolling pin. Starting from the center, roll the dough into a circle about an inch larger than the diameter of the pan that you plan to use. 

  11. Once rolled out lift the dough into the pan. Fold the edges under and crimp with your fingers or a fork.

  12. You can also use mini tart cups to make the pie crust. 

  13. You can now the Pie Dough to make you favorite Apple Pie or any other savory tart.