A Perfect Pie Crust

You guys know I like to bake. A lot. And when it’s a gazillion degrees here in Vegas, I need to choose my projects carefully because the oven heats the entire house up and we die a hideous death.
But pie? It’s so worth it! Pies taste like summer and there are few things better. I have a recipe for an easy pie crust that is simple and delicious.

  • 2½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • ¼ to ½ cups ice water

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
Mix flour, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Cut in butter with knives until it’s about pea-sized. Add ice water to the ingredients, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough forms a ball. (1/4 a cup is usually all I need. You don’t want to drown your dough.)
Separate dough into two balls. You’ll either have enough for two pies or a top and bottom crust for one pie.
Roll out and place in your pie pan. Flute edges if you desire. Poke holes in the pie crust and pop in the oven. Bake at 425 for 15 minutes. This will give you a nice pie crust ready for filling.
If you want to bake the pie with the filling in it (an apple, cherry, or rhubarb pie, for example), then simply put your crust together, fill, and bake according to the directions for each individual pie. I used this crust for a rhubarb pie, and I’ll give the recipe later. It was delicious and really tasted like summer.
I hope you enjoy!

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