I use my food processor to make a wonderful flaky crust.  If you don’t have a food processor, you can use a mixer with a K hook, a hand pastry blender, or even two knives.  It doesn’t take much time, no matter which method. 


I save time when making pie crust not only by using my food processor, but also by using a pastry cloth and rolling pin cover.  With a little practice, you can make a couple of flaky delicious crusts in less than 30 minutes.  These crusts can be rolled and baked several weeks ahead.


The key to a flaky crust is to use chilled butter and ice water.  Also, try to handle the dough as little as possible.  If you’re making a double crust pie, double the recipe; you will have enough dough for the double crust pie and one single shell.

Basic Pie Crust

Makes 1 9” pie crust with extra dough for a lattice or several cinnamon sugar pie cookies


1 1/4 cups flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons chilled butter

2 tablespoons shortening

3 to 4 tablespoons ice water


Mix the flour and salt in the food processor.  Cut the butter in chunks and add them to the flour mixture; pulse a few times until the butter is incorporated into the mixture and it looks like cornmeal.  Add the ice water and process just until it forms a ball.


Roll the dough out to a 12" circle on a floured pastry cloth; transfer to a 9" pie plate; trim and flute the edges. 


If making a pie to be baked with filling inside, proceed with recipe; if baking the plain shell, prick with a fork and chill 30 minutes in the fridge or 15 minutes in the freezer.  Bake in a 425° oven for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.


Amount Per Serving

Calories  179        Calories from Fat  111

Percent Total Calories From:

Fat   62%        Protein   5%        Carb.  33%


Nutrient              Amount per             


Total Fat                   12  g       

  Saturated Fat           6  g       

Cholesterol                23  mg     

Sodium                    234  mg     

Total Carbohydrate         15     g         

  Dietary Fiber           0  g       

  Sugars                      0  g

Protein                        2  g


Vitamin A   7%      Vitamin C   0%      Calcium   0%      Iron   1%