Paula's Perfect Pie Crust Recipe by Paula Deen

Level: Moderate

Time: 15 MINUTES

7 ratings
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  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening, cold
  • 12 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup ice water


In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, salt and sugar. Add the shortening and break it up with your hands as you start to coat it all up with the flour. Add the cold butter cubes and work it into the flour with your hands or a pastry cutter. Work it quickly, so the butter doesn't get too soft, until the mixture is crumbly, like very coarse cornmeal. Add the ice water, a little at a time, until the mixture comes together forming a dough. Bring the dough together into a ball.


When it comes together stop working it otherwise the dough will get over-worked and tough. Divide the dough in half and flatten it slightly to form a disk shape. Wrap each disk in plastic and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes. On a floured surface roll each disk out into a 10 to 11-inch circle to make a 9-inch pie.

Paula's Perfect Pie Crust


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7 Reviews

Fredi 5/26/2017
Yes the temp nee

Yes the temp needed to cook the pie crust and should the bottom of the pastry be poked with a fork would be good to know? Maybe anything else that we missed.


Fran 2/11/2016
Just like my Mom

Just like my Moms.

Alice 11/15/2015
This tasted so g

This tasted so good. My Mom use to make home made pumpkin and cherry pies. Loved the smell of the house during the holidays.

Mary Ann
Mary Ann 8/18/2015
We at least need

We at least need the time and temp for baking a plain pie shell.

The PDN Web
The PDN Web 1/2/2015
Hi Patricia! Hal

Hi Patricia! Halfway through baking, carefully put a ring of tin foil around the edge of the pie crust. This will keep it from burning.

Patricia 12/31/2014
I made a pecan p

I made a pecan pie using your butter pie crust recipe which was very good. However, How do I keep the crust from burning (it was completely black) around the top.

BEVERLEE 11/26/2014
I know that this

I know that this has to be great because of you Sweet Paula

Has been years since I have made homemade pie crust but I am going to give it a try. thank you so much for all you do and for being here for myself and so so many others

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