Paula’s Perfect Pie Crust

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Servings: 2 (9-inch) pie crusts
Prep Time: 50 min
Difficulty: Easy

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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 cup 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.

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By Mario Soberanes on December 14, 2013


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By Mario Soberanes on December 14, 2013


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By Allegra McWilliams on September 19, 2013


Hey Paula, love your show!!! I have tried many of your recipes and the family loves them!!! You are the best!!!

By Christie Lollis on September 09, 2013



By BARBARA EVANS on August 02, 2013


Love your pie dough recipe and everything you do! You are an awesome person and I am so glad to have access to your Southern Recipes. We lost all the ones my grandmother had given us in a house fire this June so I am so glad to have access to yours so I can recreate hers. Thank you for being you!

By Shannon A Roberts on July 13, 2013


Love your show.Can you tell me how to make the pie crust for fried pies

By Sarah Slaton on April 14, 2013


Paula, How do you keep the bottom crust of an apple pie, pumpkin pie, etc from getting soggy? Thanks Nancy September 26,2012

By Nancy Parsons on September 26, 2012


How do you store this wonderful pie crust? I love this recipe and would love to make a couple of crust before the holidays, but was not sure of the best way to store them. Thank You!!

By Kathy on September 22, 2012


oh i have to try this... i have a miserable time making pies for a list of reasons. maybe a homemade crust will help..the little bit of added sugar sounds perfect, however i wonder if you could use brown sugar?...

By kayce shelton on August 06, 2012


The reason it doesnt have bake time or temperature is because it depends on your recipe. But the crust was hard to get into the pan but eventually when I did it turned out great!

By Jaclyn C on June 10, 2012



By ann petersoj on May 12, 2012


Dear Paula, Can I freeze this crust to use at a later date?

By debi aune on April 13, 2012


This pie crust does not work well! Way too flakey and was really hard to get into the pan. I do not recommend this recipe.

By Anonymous on March 03, 2012


I am trying to make a beautiful looking two-crust pie (apple, chicken pot pie, blueberry - doesn't matter), but my two crust pies always look so elementary! Please help! How do you make a two-crust pie look gorgeous? Thanks!

By Connie on March 03, 2012


I have never been able to make pie crust, so tomorrow after work I am going to try. If it doesnt turn out it will be my fault, not your recipe.

By Judy Shaul on November 21, 2011


what degree do you put oven on & how long do yiu bake a pie crust?

By sandra on November 18, 2011


paula, curst was so good, i wish i'ld just made it to eat. thanks

By betty on November 13, 2011


Love everything!! You are a very beautiful SEÑORA! Gracias!

By Bertha on November 08, 2011


i need to know how to make a pumpkin pie that the crust doest get soggie on the bottom for mine is still doughie when i take out fillings done but crust not will you email me back cause i don't get to see you program

By craollee more on November 02, 2011

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