Classic CRISCO® Pie Crust Recipe -
Classic CRISCO(R) Pie Crust Recipe

Classic CRISCO® Pie Crust

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  1. Spoon flour into measuring cup and level. Mix flour and salt in medium bowl. Cut in CRISCO® All-Vegetable Shortening or CRISCO® Stick using pastry blender (or 2 knives) until all flour is blended in to form pea-size chunks. Sprinkle with water, one tablespoon at a time. Toss lightly with fork until dough will form ball.
  2. Divide dough in half. Press between hands to form two 5 to 6-inch pancakes. Flour dough lightly. Peel off top sheet for bottom crust. Transfer bottom crust to pie plate. Remove other sheet and press pastry to fit. Trim edge even with pie plate.
  3. Add desired filling to unbaked pie crust. Remove top sheet from top crust. Lift top crust onto filled pie. Remove other sheet. Trim to 1/2-inch beyond edge of pie plate. Fold top edge under bottom crust. Flute. Cut slits in top crust to allow steam to escape. Bake according to specific recipe instructions.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 12, 2010

I've used this recipe for many years. The dry crumbly dough problem is easily solved by adding additional water, a teaspoon or so at a time. The type of flour used, as well as the method used to measure the flour, play a role in how much water will be needed. Scooping the flour out of the bag and leveling is not the same as spooning the flour into the measuring cup, as scooping tends to pack the flour into the cup and you will wind up with more flour than you would if you spoon and level. Thus you will need more water. The version of the recipe that I have says 5 - 7 tablespoons of cold water which takes into consideration the varying differences that may arise with flour type/brand and measuring technique.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 15, 2013

Crisco's pastry has been my "go to" recipe for years. So, I just looked this up as a reminder of the ingredients & amounts since I'm traveling & don't have my cookbook with me. That being said, this recipe on Allrecipes is missing some important details. It jumps from just having made the dough & dividing in -- to placing the rolled dough into the pie plate. It totally skips over how thick to roll the dough for pie crust. BTW: I never make this by hand. I use the food processor and "pulse" in the ingredients, in order, until I get a nice dough ball. Then roll out to 1/8-inch thick. Happy baking!

Dec 26, 2011

I've been making piecrusts for a LONG time and this is the best one I've ever made. Makes a perfect deepdish 9" crust.

Dec 19, 2011

Easy, and pretty good pie crust. I halved the recipe and went from there. For people who believe there is too little water; just be aware that since flour absorbs humidity, sometimes you need more water or less depending on the humidity of where you live/what your weather is like. That's why bread recipes sometimes need more or less flour added and that's why this recipe is going to need more or less liquid depending on where you live. I just kept adding tablespoons of water until I got a nice, smooth ball of crust. This is flaky, and flavorful if you use butter flavored Crisco like I did. It was great with the Rosemary and Tomato Tart I made it for. Thanks for the recipe!

Nov 27, 2011

My FIRST homemade piecrust! It was my first Thanksgiving as a married lady and I thought I'd make everything from scratch (figured it would make for good stories down the road, haha) Everyone was very impressed with the flavor (I used butter flavored Crisco sticks) and texture of my pie crust, the only catch was I had a deep dish pan (Didn't know that) so my crust was a little short for the dish. Next time I'll know that the deepdish double crust recipe is: DEEP DISH DOUBLE CRUST •2 2/3 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour •1 teaspoon salt •1 stick well-chilled Crisco® Baking Sticks All-Vegetable Shortening • OR 1 cup well-chilled Crisco® All-Vegetable Shortening •6 to 10 tablespoons ice cold water

Nov 19, 2012

This is wonderful! I've been using this Crisco recipe for many, many years & am not disappointed. It makes a flaky crust that is very easy. I keep my Crisco in the refrigerator (other shortenings do not come out as well for me.) so it is good & cold. The weather & brand of flour can determine the amount of ice water used. Start with 2 tble of the ice water, mix with a fork & add additional until it comes together. I also make it into a disk, wrap in Saran Wrap & chill for 20-30 minutes. I often use chilled butter-flavored Crisco for a buttery taste. If your crust is crumbly, you must add additonal ice water, a few drops at a time. Much better than the packaged stuff.

Nov 22, 2004

Impossible to work with. I agree that it is a waste of good ingredients.

Nov 22, 2011

I have been using this recipe for over 25 years and makes the BEST pie crust ever, as with everything you have to practice to make good pie crust. People who say is waste of good ingredients probably don't make it but once a year and should be happy with that frozen or package stuff (which isn't worth the time or money).


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  • Calories
  • 279 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 23.8 g
  • 8%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 18.3 g
  • 28%
  • Fiber
  • 0.8 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 3.2 g
  • 6%
  • Sodium
  • 292 mg
  • 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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