Betty Crocker Pie Crust

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Pie crusts are always available from supermarkets and are a great way to make a pie quickly. However, like most things, it can taste way better when made from home.

Why not use this recipe to make your very own Impossible Saskatoon Pie? Or learn how to make The Best Pie Crust Recipe instead?

Pie crust in pie plate with rolling pin beside it

Betty Crocker Pie Crust Recipe

Pie crusts are one of those things that most people think of as being way too complicated or tricky to make at home, especially when there are always loads of pie crusts of all types available pre-made.

However, making a single pie crust for a pie, is so incredibly easy to do at home. The only thing that you need to keep in mind is the temperature of every ingredient – if you let your water or your shortening warm up too much while working it, you will end up with a pasty, dripping dough that won’t work for anything.           

Pie crust ingredients

Betty Crocker Pie Crust Ingredients

Make sure you look at the recipe card at the very bottom for the exact amounts so that you know exactly what to buy for this recipe.

All-purpose flour

• Salt

• Shortening

• Ice water

Pie crust dry mix with pastry blender in bowl

How To Make Betty Crocker Pie Crust

  • In medium bowl, mix flour and salt.
  • Cut in shortening, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture forms coarse crumbs the size of small peas.
  • Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost leaves side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
  • Gather the pastry into a ball. Shape into flattened round on lightly floured surface. Wrap flattened round in plastic wrap and refrigerate 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable.
  • This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry flaky. If it is refrigerated longer, let the pastry soften slightly at room temperature before rolling it out.
  • Using a floured rolling pin, roll pastry on lightly floured surface (or pastry board with floured pastry cloth) into a circle 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths and place in pie plate or roll pastry loosely around rolling pin and transfer to pie plate.
  • Unfold or unroll pastry and ease into pie plate. pressing firmly against bottom and side and being careful not to stretch pastry, which will cause it to shrink when baked. You can also lightly poke the bottom of the pastry in the pie plate with a fork. For pie, trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate.
Pie crust baked overhead view

Baking the Betty Crocker Pie Crust

• Preheat your oven to 400°F. Cut a circle of parchment paper that is large enough to fit into a 9-inch pie plate and come up the edges as well.

• Line the pie crust with the parchment circle. Gently add pie weights or dried beans into the pan, filling it ½ of the way and up the sides of the pie plate. The weights ensure that the crust holds its shape during baking and doesn't slump in the pan or bubble up.

•Chill the crust in the fridge for 10 minutes while the oven is heating up.

• Place into the preheated oven. Bake until the edges of the pie are just turning golden brown, not anymore.

• Remove the crust from the oven and remove the pie weights and the paper.

• If you'll be baking the crust once it's filled (chess pie, etc.) return the pie to the oven and bake the crust until the bottom is just beginning to color, around another 6 to 8 minutes.

• If you're making a cream pie or refrigerated pie, you must bake it until the entire crust is golden brown, about 15 minutes longer. Remove and cool completely, then use in your recipe as directed.

Pie crust closeup

How To Easily Work The Butter Into The Flour

Crumbling butter into flour and other dry ingredients is a common step in many baking recipes, yet it is surprisingly more complex than the simple instruction might make you think.

The trouble is that the butter never seems to want actually to mix with the flour, and if you don't persevere, you will probably think that it will just never work.

However, the trick is to be constantly pressing, crumbling, and forcing the butter into the flour. You are trying to submerge and coat the flour particles in butter utterly, and that takes a good amount of force to really work.

If you are having trouble or don't feel like getting butter and flour underneath your fingernails, you can use a pastry cutter or even just two forks with the tines pressed into each other. Either tool will allow you to put sufficient force into the butter and get it all crumbled together.

It might look like nothing is happening, but keep working at it, and it will eventually start to crumble together and form into a ball.

Betty Crocker Pie  Crust overhead view

What Do If Everything Starts To Heat Up

The way to make a really cohesive, tightly bound ball of pie crust pastry dough is to keep all of your ingredients cold. If the water or the butter starts to warm up, then little bits of it will start to melt and mess with the overall texture of the dough.

To avoid the butter melting, make sure everything is as cold as you can get it. This means having your ice water actually be sitting in a bowl of ice cubes straight from the freezer.

Your butter should come straight from the fridge, and even you bowl and utensils should be as cold as possible. If you have the space, you can put the bowl and everything into the fridge itself and let it chill there for half an hour.

As long as everything is nice and cold, then you shouldn’t have a problem.

Looking for more delicious Pie recipes? Try these out:

Sour Cream Raisin Pie

Graham Cracker Crust

Campfire Cherry Hand Pies

Happy Baking

Love,

Karlynn

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Betty Crocker Pie Crust

An easy, single pie crust recipe that turns out beautifully golden and flaky every time!
5 from 1 votes
Prep Time
55 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Course
pie
Cuisine
American
Servings
1 Crust
Calories
1059
Author
Karlynn Johnston

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening (Cold)
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons ice-cold water

Instructions
 

  • In medium bowl, mix flour and salt.
  • Cut in shortening, using pastry blender or fork, until mixture forms coarse crumbs the size of small peas.
  • Sprinkle with water, 1 tablespoon at a time, tossing with fork until all flour is moistened and pastry almost leaves side of bowl (1 to 2 teaspoons more water can be added if necessary).
  • Gather the pastry into a ball. Shape into flattened round on lightly floured surface. Wrap flattened round in plastic wrap and refrigerate 45 minutes or until dough is firm and cold, yet pliable.
  • This allows the shortening to become slightly firm, which helps make the baked pastry flaky. If it is refrigerated longer, let the pastry soften slightly at room temperature before rolling it out.
  • Using a floured rolling pin, roll pastry on lightly floured surface (or pastry board with floured pastry cloth) into a circle 2 inches larger than upside-down 9-inch glass pie plate. Fold pastry into fourths and place in pie plate or roll pastry loosely around rolling pin and transfer to pie plate.
  • Unfold or unroll pastry and ease into pie plate. pressing firmly against bottom and side and being careful not to stretch pastry, which will cause it to shrink when baked. You can also lightly poke the bottom of the pastry in the pie plate with a fork. For pie, trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pie plate.

Baking the Pie Crust

  • Preheat your oven to 400°F. Cut a circle of parchment paper that is large enough to fit into a 9-inch pie plate and come up the edges as well.
  • Line the pie crust with the parchment circle. Gently add pie weights or dried beans into the pan, filling it ½ of the way and up the sides of the pie plate. The weights ensure that the crust holds its shape during baking and doesn't slump in the pan or bubble up.
  • Chill the crust in the fridge for 10 minutes while the oven is heating up.
  • Place into the preheated oven. Bake until the edges of the pie are just turning golden brown, not anymore.
  • Remove the crust from the oven and remove the pie weights and the paper.
  • If you'll be baking the crust once it's filled (chess pie, etc.) return the pie to the oven and bake the crust until the bottom is just beginning to color, around another 6 to 8 minutes.
  • If you're making a cream pie or refrigerated pie, you must bake it until the entire crust is golden brown, about 15 minutes longer. Remove and cool completely, then use in your recipe as directed.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 1059kcal, Carbohydrates: 95g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 70g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g, Monounsaturated Fat: 28g, Trans Fat: 9g, Sodium: 1170mg, Potassium: 134mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 1g, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 6mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Karlynn Johnston

I’m a busy mom of two, wife & cookbook author who loves creating fast, fresh meals for my little family on the Canadian prairies. Karlynn Facts: I'm allergic to broccoli. I've never met a cocktail that I didn't like. I would rather burn down my house than clean it. Most of all, I love helping YOU get dinner ready because there's nothing more important than connecting with our loved ones around the dinner table!

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