Pie Crust - Egg Pastry Recipe with Photos

Egg Pastry for a One Crust Pie

Ready for the oven
Ready for the oven | Source
5 stars from 2 ratings of Home Made Pies and Home Made Pie Crusts

At some point maybe we get inspired to bake our own pie and we're determined to do it from scratch. For those who've entered this adventurous stage of life but have little experience in the business of pie making, you'll find lots of step-by-step pictures of the process along with tips on how to keep your recipe attractive and completely edible.

The first time I saw a pie crust made from scratch I was five years old in my Grandmother's warm and aromatic kitchen. Her back facing me, she was busily rolling out the crust for a fruit pie when I asked if I could help. She handed me a glass to use as a rolling pin and a ball of dough and told me to make something out of it.

What Grandmother didn't notice was the dirt which was on my hands from a morning of outdoor play. I was quite disappointed when she didn't bake the creation I formed out of that dirty gray dough. Despite the lesson on the value of hand washing, it was the beginning of a love for pie making that has stuck with me through the years.

Pumpkin Pie with a Homemade Crust

Fresh pumpkin pie
Fresh pumpkin pie | Source

Equipment Needed

You'll need a

  • Large mixing bowl
  • Sifter
  • Two knives and a fork
  • Dry measuring cups
  • Measuring spoons
  • Rolling pin
  • Deep dish pie pan eight or nine inches.

Measuring the Ingredients

Measure out three cups of flour
Measure out three cups of flour
Level off the top with a straight edge like a knife.
Level off the top with a straight edge like a knife. | Source
Then sift the measured flour over the mixing bowl.
Then sift the measured flour over the mixing bowl. | Source
Sifting gives a light texture to the dough
Sifting gives a light texture to the dough | Source
Add the salt and blend in with a whisk.
Add the salt and blend in with a whisk. | Source
Measure out the shortening and level off the top.
Measure out the shortening and level off the top. | Source
Add the shortening to the flour mix and blend this in using two knives.
Add the shortening to the flour mix and blend this in using two knives. | Source
Continue cutting the shortening into the flour using a criss cross motion with two knives.
Continue cutting the shortening into the flour using a criss cross motion with two knives. | Source
Cut the butter into smaller pieces and drop them into the flour mixture.
Cut the butter into smaller pieces and drop them into the flour mixture. | Source
Blend in the butter until the mixture looks like corn meal.
Blend in the butter until the mixture looks like corn meal. | Source

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Flour - All Purpose
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Shortening, Solid, I use Crisco
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, Non-salted, Real butter gives it taste
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Iced Water
  • 1/2 Cup All Purpose Flour, More or less for dusting the counter top and the rolling pin.

Forming the Dough

Slightly beat one egg in a liquid measuring cup. Add one teaspoon of vinegar and the iced water.
Slightly beat one egg in a liquid measuring cup. Add one teaspoon of vinegar and the iced water.
Pour the egg mix into the flour mix and blend together lightly with a fork
Pour the egg mix into the flour mix and blend together lightly with a fork | Source

Instructions for Making the Pie Crust

  1. Gather all the ingredients to one area of the kitchen to make sure you have everything you need.
  2. Measure out 3 cups of flour into the sifter and then sift the measured quantity over the mixing bowl. Add the salt and blend together with a whisk.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of vegetable shortening to the flour mixture. Begin to blend the shortening into the flour using two knives in a crosswise fashion.
  4. Cut the butter into smaller pieces and repeat the cutting-in process until the flour mixture looks like cornmeal.
  5. Beat the egg slightly and add 1 tsp. vinegar and 1/2 cup of iced cold water.
  6. Pour the egg liquid into the flour mix, blending lightly with a fork, stirring just until the dough holds together.
  7. Divide the dough into two portions. Wrap half in cellophane and refrigerate if making a one crust pie.
  8. Roll out the other dough ball on a floured surface until it's about 1/4 inch thick and one inch larger than the edge of the pie dish
  9. To transfer the dough to the pie dish, use a spatula to fold the edges inward, then transfer the dough to pie dish and carefully unfold

Mix Until the Dough Forms a Ball

Mix only until the ingredients hold together in a ball. Too much mixing causes tough dough.
Mix only until the ingredients hold together in a ball. Too much mixing causes tough dough.

Work on a Well Floured Surface

Roll out the dough on a floured surface dusting the rolling pin with flour, too.
Roll out the dough on a floured surface dusting the rolling pin with flour, too.

Roll Out the Dough to the Desired Size

Roll out to about an inch larger than the outside edge of the pie dish.
Roll out to about an inch larger than the outside edge of the pie dish.

Fold the Dough Over onto Itself

Use a spatula to loosen the edges and fold the dough over on itself.
Use a spatula to loosen the edges and fold the dough over on itself.

Fold the Dough Again

Use the spatula to transfer the dough to the pie dish
Use the spatula to transfer the dough to the pie dish

Use a Spatula to Transfer it to a Dish

Carefully unfold the dough
Carefully unfold the dough

Continue to Unfold the Dough in the Pan

Continue unfolding, positioning the dough to reach the edges of the pan.
Continue unfolding, positioning the dough to reach the edges of the pan.

Center the Dough in the Pie Dish

Make sure the edges of the pie dish are completely covered and the dough is centered.
Make sure the edges of the pie dish are completely covered and the dough is centered.
Fold under the edges to form a rim along the outside.
Fold under the edges to form a rim along the outside.

Trim and Fold Under the Outer Edge

Using scissors or a knife, trim off the excess dough leaving about half an inch over the edges. Fold under the excess to form a rim along the outside.
Using scissors or a knife, trim off the excess dough leaving about half an inch over the edges. Fold under the excess to form a rim along the outside.

Making a Pie Crust with Peg Cole

Finishing the Pie Crust

  1. Trim the outside of the crust leaving about 1/2 inch of dough beyond the edge of the dish.
  2. Fold under the excess dough to form a ridge around the outside edge.
  3. Flute the edge using two fingers of the left hand and one finger of the right hand to form indentations around the outside edge. (See the video)


Flute the Edges with Two Fingers

The foil skirt protects the crust from getting too brown during a long cooking time.
The foil skirt protects the crust from getting too brown during a long cooking time. | Source

To Protect the Crust from Burning

  1. Tear off one long strip of aluminum foil and cut it into three equal strips lengthwise.
  2. Fold the short edges together to join two long pieces, then add a third piece. Seal the seams by folding the edges over a couple of times and crimp the edges to hold the seam.
  3. Wrap the long strip of foil around the outer edge of the prepared pie crust.
  4. Seal the final edge of the foil together around the pie pan after cutting off any excess length of the foil.
  5. Bend the foil to form a protective rim in order to keep the pie crust edges from turning too brown.
  6. Fill with your favorite fruit or cream mixture and bake according to directions for the type of pie

This one's for you. Coffee with your pie?
This one's for you. Coffee with your pie? | Source

Baking a Crust for Pudding Pies

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To make a baked crust for pudding type pies, prick the sides and bottom of the crust with a fork, then bake at 400 degrees for ten to twelve minutes until golden brown.

For pumpkin or custard pies that need to be baked, do not prick the crust. Add the ingredients and bake according to the recipe directions.

Making a pie crust from scratch takes a little bit of patience and some practice, but it really can be fun and rewarding. It reminds me of playing with modeling clay as a youngster.

© 2014 Peg Cole

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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Peg,

Happy new year to you, J and the ladies...

I just saw where Quinn and Betty are looking for a pastry chef at their new Cafe...I know just who I am going to refer.

Your step-by-step instructions and delectable photographs make for the best recipes on HubPages in my opinion. Voted UP & UABI.

Love, Maria


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Awesome Peg,

There is nothing better than a great pie crust for sure and your recipe looks like the best one around! I appreciate your great step-by-step instructions and great photos too. The pumpkin pie looks delicious. It is always my favorite.

Up and more and sharing

Blessings,

Faith Reaper


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Peg, I will put on the coffee. Sounds like it is time for dessert. This looks great. The holiday season lives on in your neck of the woods. No pie making going on around here. Hope your holidays were great. Voted and shared. Expect guests.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

my goodness the end results looks so good.. the thumbnail photos are so helpful gave it a 5 star rating but it's better then that :)


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi there and Happy New Year Ms. Maria,

It is wonderful to see you and thanks for the greeting for the ladies. I'll certainly pass it along. They received your lovely Christmas card and were very thankful.

Pastry Chef, now, that sounds like a real fun job. I would need to buy a larger wardrobe very soon though. Wow, your compliment is quite extraordinary and sweet! Thank you friend.

Love, Peg


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Faith,

Thanks so much for dropping by to check this out. I love pie and this year at Thanksgiving I made a fresh pumpkin pie from scratch. It turned out really better than I expected with a different taste than the canned pumpkin. So good of you to take time to comment. Thank you and may God bless you too.

Peg


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Mck,

Coffee sounds just right to go with some pie. There you go. I've cut you a large slice of pumpkin pie. Whipped cream?

Our holidays were quiet and wonderful. These pics were from Thanksgiving and I just got around to making them into a hub. I hope you had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Kind regards,

Peg


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Aha Peg, what a great looking pie! Could i please have mine alamode? I hear MCK is going to open another cafe. I hope you will bake the pies. Hee..Great pictures..Thank you..


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b. Malin 2 years ago

Wow Peg, step, by step Instructions, what more could I ask for...It sounds easy and will make a Pastry Chef out of me yet! I choose to make a Boston Cream Pie, and I bet NOW I can!

Happy, Healthy New Year to you in 2014!


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randomcreative 2 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The step-by-step photos are great! You've included everything that new and experienced bakers alike could ever need about pie crust making. Thanks for the awesome resource!


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

This makes me hungry. Maybe a blueberry pie? If the crust isn't right, the pie is ruined, so this recipe is very useful.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Yes, indeed, any deep dish pie will do. My mother used to make plenty of rhubarb pie when it was in season. I can just taste it now...


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Thank you for sharing your culinary skills in such detailed instructions. The pictures are great, too. Thank you and voted up.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Here you go, Ruby. Fresh blueberry pie ala mode. I do hope to see another cafe open up soon. I've missed our breakfasts and coffee talk together. Nice to see you today and Happy New Year!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Oooh, b. Malin. Boston Cream Pie is another one of my all time favorites. I hope you'll save me some or at least publish your recipe. I can't remember ever making one of those. Now I'm hungry. Okay.

Happy healthy New Year to you and yours. I'm so glad you're back.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Ooops, Frank. You got skipped over in the excitement over the pie. Sorry for the delay in answering your fabulous comment. I'm flattered that you gave pies a 5 star rating. Wow! Cool.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

I'm thrilled to get your feedback - particularly in light of your creative abilities. Thanks so much for the wonderful comment.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

That one was for you, Randomcreative. Oooh. And congrats on your score today - 100.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Flourish. I like blueberry cobbler the best - with a bottom crust, of course. Thanks for finding the recipe useful and for taking time to comment. I'm hungry too.


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

What awesome photos and directions! How can I go wrong with this step-by-step guide. now I am brave enough to try a made from scratch crust. Thanks!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Deb. Rhubarb pie? That sounds intriguing. I saw a recipe for that just the other day - I think it was in my Mirro cookbook from the fifties. I'll be on the lookout for some rhubarb now. Glad to see you here in the pie crust section. How was your New Year's celebration?


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil

I shall give this a try, my crusts could do with a make-over. Never heard of using vinegar in it.

Our mango season has just started here in Brazil so I guess it will be mango pie.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello MsDora. It's always nice to see you. Thank you for the amazing comment about "culinary skills" (that made me smile) and about the instructions. I imagine that you grew up baking pies, too. Thanks for dropping in and for voting this up.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

You go, Rebeccamealey. It's not that bad if the first one goes wrong. You've got the other half of the dough! I love that you feel brave enough to make one from scratch. I hope yours comes out great. Rolling out the dough takes a little practice but not to worry.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

This brought me back to my grandma's kitchen. She used lard instead of butter. Delightful!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Blond Logic. Oh boy, that sounds wonderful. I miss living in the tropics with all the fresh produce. Mango pie - that is a first. I hope you share a recipe here.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Tireless. Sometimes I use all vegetable shortening rather than half butter but I've never tried the lard recipe. I'll bet it is super flaky. Yum.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Oh Peg, I have such a hard time with perfecting pie crusts...thank you, thank you, thank you! I have bookmarked this wonderful hub and will refer to it often. Thank you for sharing this. Voted up and sharing. :-)


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PapaJohn2U 2 years ago from New Jersey

So when are you going to make me a fresh apple pie?? That does look delicious!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Get on a plane and I'll start baking, Mr. PapaJohn2U. Your sister is here at the moment, surprised me yesterday with a call - "We're in Mom's driveway."


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VVanNess 2 years ago from Prescott Valley

What a beautiful pie crust! This is going to help me improve my own. I'm just in love with the design of your pie crust edge. That is one of the most difficult things for me. Granted, it's just going to be eaten, so it doesn't matter right? Of course it does! When you're making beautiful pies for guests, you want them to be beautiful. Like yours!

Thank you!


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moonlake 2 years ago from America

Thank you for the dedication sorry I was not on here sooner but with my husband being sick I have barely had time to breath. I've popped on whenever I had a chance. Love the instructions and photos when I get time I will try this pie crust. Voted up, shared and pinned.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello VVanNess. Thank you so much for the kind comments. I think that the way food looks is part of the whole picture. The pie crust is fun to make with the fluted edges. I hope yours comes out great.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi Moonlake. So sorry to hear that your husband has been sick. Hopefully he is fully recovered at this point and that your stress level has been reduced.

Thanks for asking me about the pie recipe on my last hub. You inspired me to write this one. Hope things are better for you in the new year and thanks for pinning this pie crust recipe.


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lesliebyars 2 years ago from Alabama

Thank you so much for posting this hub!! I know that making a pie crust takes practice and it's just one of those things that can't be taught. I look forward to being able to use the step by step instructions that you have provided. Voted up and interesting and useful. I am also going to pin it!!


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Paul Edmondson 2 years ago from Burlingame, CA

It's a real skill to be able to make great crusts! Looks delicious.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Lesliebyars. I wish you loads of fun in your pastry sessions. It does take a little practice to make a pie crust, but eating the rejects can also be fun. haha. Thank you for the votes and the pin.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Paul, Thank you so much for the visit and the thoughtful comment. Here you go. I saved a large slice for you.


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Sheri Faye 2 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

Great hub and your photography is wonderful!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you Sheri Faye. I appreciate you taking the time to stop by and leave such a nice comment.


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mylindaelliott 2 years ago from Louisiana

Thanks for the instructions and the pictures. My mother used to make the most delicious pie crusts.


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Sharkye11 2 years ago from Oklahoma

I really have to try this. I've never made a pie crust, but my daughter loves just snacking on frozen pie shells, so it would be a lot easier to make them at home if she is going to eat them that fast! Voted up!


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hello Mylindaelliott. Thanks for dropping in to check out this pie crust. Sorry for the long delay in answering your kind remarks. So you grew up with a tradition of baking in the home.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Sharkye11, Thanks for the visit and the votes. I like using frozen pie shells from time to time but they seem to be getting thinner with each year.


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Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

Awesome! You are making me hungry with those photos. LOL! Thanks for sharing the recipe. Voted this up and bookmarked.


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Thank you Ms. Thelma and also for your delicious comments and visit.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Can you use butter instead of vegetable shortening? Does it make a difference??


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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas Author

Hi AudreyHowitt, I've made pie crusts using margarine or butter in place of the shortening. The flavor is tastier with butter but I find that the shortening lends more flakiness. It works either way. I tend to use butter in the pastry recipe for cobbler where the batter is dropped into the fruit.

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