Flaky Pie Crust


  • For one 9 or 10-inch single crust:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chilled vegetable shortening
  • 3 tablespoons ice-cold heavy cream or evaporated milk, more or less as needed
  • For one 9-inch double crust, or one 9-inch deep-dish single crust:
  • 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chilled vegetable shortening
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons of ice-cold heavy cream or evaporated milk, more or less as needed


  1. 1.

    Sift the flour, sugar, and salt together in a medium to large size bowl. Using a pastry blender, a big fork, or your fingers, cut in or pinch the shortening until the mixture resembles a bowl of sweet peas. Tossing the mixture quickly and lightly with a fork, sprinkle in the cream or milk 1 tablespoon at a time. Continue tossing until the dough holds together when lightly pressed.

  2. 2.

    With lightly floured hands, loosely gather up the dough into a flat ball, place it in a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until you are ready to roll out the crust, at least 30 minutes or up to overnight.

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