How to make flaky pie crust without shortening

Learn how to make this flaky pie crust without shortening. This one is a perfect pie crust recipe if you refuse to make pie crusts with shortening or lard due to their bad health consequences or issues but then you wanted that flakiness feel of the pie crusts. This simple yet flaky pie crust without shortening does a fantastic job with the butter instead. It was worthy, with a great flavor and consistency.

Flaky pie crust without shortening recipe

With this recipe, it will finally enable you to make the flakiest quick pie crust with butter. This is good starting simple pie crust recipes that will always works well for you forever. The dough was so easy to work with.

Trust this butter pie crust recipe, follow the directions along with the helpful tips and suggestions below and it will make that much of a difference. You will not be disappointed at all with this pie crust recipe. You will never buy another store bought frozen pie crust anymore when you mastered this one. It was so easy and so much better crust for a homemade pie. Everyone will love it – it was flaky, tender, and delicious.


Flaky pie crust without shortening recipe

Flaky pie crust without shortening
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Serves: Serves 8-16
Learn how to make flaky pie crust without shortening with easy steps and available in house ingredients.
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (or regular salted butter)
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • ⅓ cup ice water
  1. Combine flour and sugar into the bowl of an electric mixer. Cut butter into tablespoon pieces; add it to the flour and butter.
  2. Use the paddle beater to cut the butter and flour together. Alternatively, this can be done by hand with a pastry blender.
  3. With the mixer on low speed, or while stirring the mixture with a fork, pour in the cold water little at a time. When the dough starts to clump, and before it turns into a ball, stop stirring. You may also use food processor to combine all ingredients.
  4. Note: The amount of water might not accurate to form the dough in a ball, then add and use extra water than the recipe called for. Just make sure you don't add too much it makes a mess.
  5. Lightly knead dough in the bowl until it forms a ball. Divide dough into two parts.
  6. Flatten each part into a disk, and chill for about 30 minutes before rolling. Make sure you chill before rolling.



Tips | Suggestions for this flaky pie crust without shortening

Before beginning the procedure, chill everything. Put the flour and butter in the fridge before hand with the bowl so everything is nice and cold. The colder you can keep the ingredients, the better.

If you bake it beforehand, prick the bottom and sides with a fork and cover it in two layers of heavy-duty foil for the first 8 or so minutes of baking (then uncover for another 4-6 min.) to prevent it from puffing up.

Sprinkled a teaspoon of vinegar over the flour/butter mixture before adding the water (this supposedly breaks down the gluten in the flour). It is better to use a pastry cutter than a food processor or mixer – doing it by hand leaves some unmixed pea-sized clumps of butter, which contributes to the flakiness of the pastry.

We would recommend rolling this out on parchment paper (if you have) then flipping it over in to the pan and peeling the paper off.

Using salted butter it’s not a problem, but you might not want to use salted if you are making a fruit pie. But if you make this pie crust to make chicken pot pie and the like, reduce the sugar for these dishes. Keep the sugar for fruit pies. Again, to make the flavor perfectly balanced so it can be very versatile and be used as dessert pies to chicken pot pies to whatever requires a pie crust, you can adjust the adding of salt.

Make variations of this flaky pie crust without shortening

If you want to use this recipe for apple, pumpkin and pecan pie, you can make some of these fruit pie crusts variations:

Add 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract and 1 tsp. of cinnamon for apple pie. For pumpkin pie do the same as the apple pie and then add 1 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice. For pecan pie crust – add the same as the apple pie but also add 1/4 cup of finely chopped pecans in the crust.

Skipping the shortening makes the dough a little more challenging to shape but when it’s done, the result is a crunchy and flaky pie crust without shortening that is ready to use in make homemade pies. The butter also adds an additional flavor to the crust that is easy to handle and bakes beautifully.

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