The Best 3 Ingredient Pie Crust


3 Ingredient Pie Crust

This 3 ingredient pie crust recipe is so easy and it tastes like the best pie crust ever. This recipe is great because it is much more forgiving, compared to other recipes, and it is also delicious. Be sure to give this simple yet tasty recipe a try! 

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Easy 3-Ingredient Pie Crust

We are so excited to share our pie crust recipe with you. This three ingredient pie crust recipe is so easy, and it tastes fabulous.

If you are looking for an easy pie crust recipe that anyone can make and enjoy, then this one is definitely for you! 

Can A Pie Crust Be Made With 3 Ingredients?

Absolutely, a pie crust can be made using only three ingredients. We are going to also give you a fourth ingredient, that is optional, but you may enjoy it as well.

This pie crust recipe is so easy, it seems like it should be good, but it makes the best pie crust ever. 

Recommended Equipment

Before we look at the ingredients you need, let’s first look at the equipment we recommend.

If you have a food processor, we strongly recommend that you use this to make your pie crust.

If you do not have a food processor, you can also make this pie crust recipe easily using a stand mixer.

If you do not have either of these, then a potato masher or pastry cutter will work well for this recipe also. 

Let’s go over the ingredients we recommend, including for this delicious pie crust recipe. 

What’s in a 3-ingredient pie crust?

Flour. All-purpose flour is the base of this pie crust recipe.

If you wish to substitute all-purpose flour, you may use another type of all-purpose flour, such as gluten-free all-purpose flour. 

Butter. For this recipe, we recommend that you use salted butter.

It is important that your butter is salted for the pie crust to turn out tasting correctly. It is also important that your salted butter is very cold when added to your mixture. 

Cold water. Cold water is the third ingredient in this pie crust recipe. It is important that your water is ice cold, and that it is slowly added to your dough. 

Salt. Salt is the optional ingredient in this recipe. The pie crust can be made using only flour, butter, and water.

However, if you like a savory flavor for your pie crust, then we do recommend adding a little bit of salt to flavor your dough. 

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How To Make 3-Ingredient Pie Crust

There are three main ways to make this 3 ingredient pie crust recipe. Let’s start off by looking at how to make this pie crust in a food processor, followed by the best method, using a stand mixer, then finally how to make this pie crust without any electronic equipment. 

How to Make a No Fail Pie Crust | Food Processor Method

Using a food processor to make this pie crust recipe is our favorite method. Start by adding flour and salt to the food processor. Pulse for a few seconds, just to mix the flour and optional salt together. 

Then, into your food processor, add your cold butter that has been cut into cubes. Once added, replace the lid of your food processor, and pulse until you have pea sized clumps remaining. 

Pour the cold water into your food processor, then pulse the mixture, just until it begins to form a dough ball. 

How to Make Pie Crust using a Stand Mixer

To make this pie crust recipe, using a stand mixer, begin by adding your flour and optional salt into the mixing bowl. Mix until combine. 

Next, cut the cold butter into cubes and add into the mixing bowl. Mix until you have only pea sized clumps remaining. 

Slowly, pour in the ice cold water while mixing. Mix just until your dough begins to form a ball. 

How to make an easy pie crust recipe without food processor by hand

To make this pie crust recipe without any electrical equipment, we do recommend that you use a potato masher, or pastry cutter. 

In a mixing bowl, combine your flour and optional salt. Mix until combined. 

Cut your cold butter into cubes, and add it into your mixing bowl. Use a potato masher or pastry cutter to mix the butter in with the flour.

Once mixed so that you have only pea sized clumps remaining, slowly pour in your cold water, a little at a time, mixing in between. Mix the dough until it forms a ball. 

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How to Roll Out Pie Dough 

Once the dough is made, lightly flour a clean, flat surface. Take your ball of dough and gently dust it with flour. Use a rolling pin and roll the dough until it is flat and is the approximate size of your pie plate. 

How to fix a torn pie crust

If there are any torn places in the pie crust, use your fingers and gently press them together.

If you have an odd shape, you can peel off some of the excess, and gently press it into the torn piece. 

Single – Crust Pie Crust

With a single crust pie, meaning the pie has only the bottom crust, you will want to lightly grease your pie plate, then use your rolling pin to transfer the rolled out pie crust.

Place it into your greased pie pan and use your fingers or fork to pinch the edges. 

Refer to your recipe as to whether your pie crust should be pre-baked or baked after the filling is added.

Most pie fillings that are prepared on your stove top should be added to a pre-baked crust. Other pie fillings that require them to be baked in the oven, are typically added to a raw crust. 

For recipes that require a pre-baked pie crust, once your pie plate has been lined with your pie crust, and the edges are pinched, fill your pie crust with pie weights, if desired.

Add your pie crust into a cold oven and preheat it to 400°F. Bake for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until your pie crust is a light golden color. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool before adding in your filling. Please note that the baking times may very slightly, depending upon your specific oven. 

Double Crust Pie Crust

When making a double crust pie, add your first layer of pie crust into a greased pie plate. Add your pie filling, then gently place your top pie crust on top once it has been rolled out.

Pinch the edges of the top and bottom crust together before baking. Bake according to your pie filling recipe. 

Typically, you will place a your pie into a cold oven, so that you avoid damaging your glass pie plate. Bake for half an hour to an hour, depending upon your specific pie recipe. 

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Topping the Pie

In order to get that nice golden color of your finished pie crust, we recommend that you add a topping to your pie crust when making double crust pies to get it to turn out picture perfect.

There are two main options you can add to your pie, those are an egg wash, or brushing it with milk. 

How to egg wash pie crust. To egg wash a pie crust so that it turns a nice golden brown color, you first want to mix together one egg in approximately 1 tablespoon of water.

Whisk them together until combined. Then once your pie is completely assembled, brush the egg wash on top of your pie before baking. 

Brush with Milk. Another method you can use to finish off your pie before baking is to brush the entire top of the assembled pie with milk, then sprinkle lightly with granulated sugar across the top. Then bake as instructed. 

Both of these methods will help the top of your pie to turn a light brown as it bakes, so that you have your desired color, and your pie is done to perfection. 

How to Par-Bake a Pie Crust (Blind Baking)

Par-baking your pie crust, or blind baking it is when you want to partially bake the pie crust before adding the filling.

When you par bake a pie crust, this may entail completely pre-baking the pie crust, so that it is fully cooked, or only partially cooking the pie crust.

Whether you need to do this, or not, will depend upon your specific pie filling. 

If you need to par bake a pie crust, place your prepared pie crust in a cold oven. Preheat the oven to 400°F, and bake for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until your crust is done as desired. 

TIP: When baking your crust in the oven without any filling, we recommend lining your pie crust with parchment paper, then filling the parchment paper with either pie weights or dried beans. This will help your pie crust to bake, and not fall from the edges of your plate as the fat melts. 

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How to Pre-Bake Pie Crust | for Custard Pies

If your recipe calls for a prebaked pie shell, then you will want to prepare the pie crust as instructed above.

Once your pie crust is fully assembled and ready to go, we recommend lining your pie crust with parchment paper, then filling it with either pie weights or dried beans. 

Then place it into a cold oven, bake at 400°F for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until your pie crust is done to your liking. Please note that the baking times may vary depending upon your specific oven. 

Tips and Tricks

What is the secret to a good pie crust? The secret to making a good pie crust is to not handle the dough too much.

For the best results, you only want to mix the dough until it begins to form a dough ball. After that, only roll it out once if possible. 

How do I get a golden, glossy pie crust. The best trick for getting a golden and glossy pie crust, is to brush the top of your pie with either an egg wash or with milk and sprinkle with sugar. 

Ways to use your no fail pie crust recipe. There are many ways you can enjoy using this easy and delicious pie crust recipe.

The primary use of it is as a pie crust. You can use it for a double pie crust, or a single pie crust.

Other ways you can enjoy this pie crust recipe is for a Wellington wrap, which in essence is a crust on a pasty, or for making mini quiche bites in muffin tins. 

What to do with pie crust scraps. If you have scraps of pie crust left over, you can use them to decorate your pie by cutting shapes out of them with a cookie cutter. You could also make miniature pies, etc. out of leftover dough. 

Storage Instructions

Raw pie crust. Your raw pie crust should be wrapped in parchment paper, then sealed in an airtight container or plastic storage bag and placed in refrigerator for up to seven days.

Make sure that it is an airtight container to keep it moist and stored at 40°F or below. You may also freeze raw pie crust for later use if desired.

Make sure it is stored in an airtight container or sealed securely in a plastic freezer bag, then freeze for up to three months. 

Cooked pie crust. Your cooked pie crust may be left at room temperature until it has cooled. Once cooled, the best way to store it is wrapped in plastic and stored in the fridge for up to seven days.  

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Gluten-Free Pie Crust

Perhaps you have dietary needs for gluten free food. This pie crust recipe can easily be adapted to fit the gluten free diet.

Simply replace the all-purpose flour with the same amount of your favorite gluten free all-purpose flour. Otherwise, this recipe may be prepared as instructed. 

High Altitude Pie Crust

Thankfully, for this recipe, there are no specific adjustments you need to make to enjoy this delicious pie crust recipe at high altitudes or at sea level.

Simply prepare as suggested above. As always, we do recommend that you keep a close eye on things as they bake in the oven, because all oven cook slightly different, otherwise, you are golden.

Dairy-Free Pie Crust

The best dairy free substitute for butter in this recipe is solid vegan butter. When you are choosing make sure to choose a quality brand that comes in hard sticks like regular butter. Otherwise, this recipe can be prepared as instructed above. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Is pie crust better with butter or shortening?

Our preference is to use butter when making a pie crust rather than shortening. Although we have made it both ways, pie crust made with only butter, turns out richer in flavor, and flakier than when shortening is used. 

Can I freeze pie dough?

Yes, your pie crust may be frozen both raw and after it has been cooked. Make sure to wrap it securely so that it does not become freezer burnt before placing it into the freezer. Freeze for up to three months. 

What can I make with pie crust?

Pie crust is of course the most common thing you can make using pie pastry. You can make both single crust pies and double crust pies.

This pie pastry can also be used when making beef Wellington, or as a dough for your pasties. Really, anything that requires a pastry, this pie crust works well for. 

How large of a pie can you make with this 3 ingredient pie crust?

This recipe will make one double crust pie, or two single crust pies. It can make both an 8 inch and 9 inch pie plate. Just know that a 9 inch pie will have a slightly thinner crust than an 8 inch one does.

How to avoid a tough pie crust?

The trick to avoiding a tough pie crust is simply to not handle the pie dough too much. Also when mixing the ingredients the mixture should be pea sized clumps, once the butter is added. 

Best Pies to Use with this Pie Crust

This 3 ingredient pie crust recipe works well for any type of pie you wish to make. No matter if you are making single crust, pies or double crust, pies, cream filled pies, or baked apple pies, this pie crust will do all of these and more!

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Easiest 3 Ingredient Pie Crust

This easy pie crust contains only three ingredients and it allows you to make the best pie crust with little fuss that you have ever enjoyed.

For those of you who have struggled with pie crusts, or been afraid to try, with this simple recipe, now you too can enjoy making your own homemade pie crust! 

We hope that you will give this recipe a try, and we hope that you love it! Be sure to try this recipe, then comment below and let us know what you think!

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Faith is the resident baking expert of this sister duo, and first started baking at age ten when she learned to make chocolate chip cookies on her own. From there she went on to have her own night of the week to make dinner for the whole family. She is excited to share amazing recipes and a love of food, and help you become kitchen smart!

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