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Pumpkin pie with a slice on a plate and a bite taken out of it.

Standard Pastry

  • Author: Slightly Adapted from Betty Crocker
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Total Time: 18 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Classic pastry crust recipe comes with variations for different sizes of pie plates and one- or two-crust pies.


Units Scale

For 8- or 9-inch one-crust pie:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon shortening, or 1/3 cup lard
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons cold water

For 10-inch one-crust pie

  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup shortening, or 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons lard
  • 3 - 4 tablespoons cold water

For 8- or 9-inch two-crust pie

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons shortening, or 2/3 cup lard
  • 4 - 5 tablespoons cold water

For 10-inch two-crust pie

  • 2 2/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shortening, or 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons lard
  • 7 - 8 tablespoons cold water


Measure flour and salt into bowl. Cut in shortening thoroughly . Sprinkle in water, 1 tablespoon at a time, mixing until all flour is moistened and dough almost cleans side of bowl (1-2 teaspoons water can be added if needed).

Gather dough into ball; shape into flattened round on lightly floured cloth-covered board (for two-crust pie, divide dough in half and shape into 2 flattened rounds). With floured stockinet-covered rolling pin, roll dough 2 inches larger than inverted pie pan. Fold into quarters; unfold and ease into pan.

For one-crust pie: trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch from rim of pan. Fold and roll pastry under, even with pan; flute. Fill and bake as directed in recipe.

For baked pie shell: prick bottom and side thoroughly with fork. Bake at 475° for 8-10 minutes.

For two-crust pie: turn desired filling into pastry-lined pie pan. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1/2 inch from rim of pan. Roll second round of dough. Trim overhanging edge of pastry 1 inch under lower edge, pressing on rim to seal; flute. Cover edge with 2- to 3-inch strip of aluminum foil to prevent excessive browning; remove foil for last 15 minutes of baking. Bake as directed in recipe.


Recipe from Betty Crocker Cookbook

If using self-rising flour, omit salt. Pie crusts made with self-rising flour differ in flavor and texture from those made with plain flour.

If possible, hook fluted edge over edge of pie pan to prevent shrinking and help keep shape.

Keywords: pie crust, dessert, crust

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