Baking Basics: All Butter Pastry Pie Crust

Marla Meridith

December 8, 2014



How to Make the Best All-Butter Pie Crust recipe | MarlaMeridith.com

Scratch pie crust…I’m forever hooked. With creamy butter everything is bettahhhhh….This basic recipe can be used in all sorts of sweet + savory pies. This will be your go-to holiday & every day pie crust. It’s super easy to prepare & you can freeze any unused portions for a later date. This All Butter Pastry Pie Crust is your new best friend…and mine.

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

So what goes into an all butter pie crust anyways? Great question! See that picture above? That’s exactly what goes into your pastry dough.

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

Super simple + clean ingredients go into this pastry including flour, butter, baking powder, salt, ice water & it’s all finished with an egg wash when baking. That helps the crust gets nice & golden brown. Like this…

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

Here’s all you need to do to get that pastry just right:

Start by measuring all of your ingredients.

Whisk the flour, salt & baking powder together in a mixer bowl. Add the butter. Combine it well with your hands until you have pea sized pieces of fat.

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

Next add some ice water. Mix on low speed with your stand mixer using the metal blade, until just combined into a dough. You might use 1/2 cup of the ice water or a bit more to do this.

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

Next, dump the dough onto a work surface.

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

Knead it with your hands until combined. You WANT to see those nice chunks of butter in the dough. Thats a sign it will bake up nice & flakey.

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

Separate the dough into how many portions you will need. This recipe makes enough for one 9″ pie top & bottom. Enough for 2 pies if just using it as a topper. And plenty of dough for minis!

Flatten the dough into discs & wrap well in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the dough come together.

If not using right away this dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You can also store uncooked pastry dough in the freezer for up to 3 months. It should be wrapped completely  in plastic wrap or in well sealed, airtight plastic bags. When ready to use let the frozen pastry dough thaw in the refrigerator, this could take a few hours. Then roll it out as usual.

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

Remove the chilled dough from the fridge & you are ready to roll!

Sprinkle some flour onto your work surface & roll the dough to roughly 1/8 inch thick. Make sure it’s large enough to cover the pie. Here is a great post from Fine Cooking: How to Roll Out Perfect Pie Crust.

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

Next, brush some egg wash onto the edges of the pie plate. Carefully drape the dough over the top of the pie, about 1/2 inch should hang over the edges. Press to seal the dough around the edge of the pie plate. Place several punctures into the crust with a fork before baking, this allows air to escape. Brush the egg wash all over that pastry dough.

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

This crust will bake up perfectly in a 375 degree oven for about 30 minutes.

Use this pastry in all kinds of tarts, pies, galettes, quiches, casseroles, turnovers & anything else you dream up!

 

Butter Pastry Pie Crust | the ONLY recipe you will need for the perfect crust! MarlaMeridith.com

 

Enjoy! xx

 

 

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20 Comments
  • Jenny Flake
    Posted at 05:29h, 08 December

    Lovely!!! I want to make this right now 🙂

  • Juragan Cipir
    Posted at 05:32h, 08 December

    I’m very interested and I want to try taste it 🙂

  • Maria
    Posted at 05:41h, 08 December

    Bring on the butter! Love!

  • Rosa
    Posted at 06:17h, 08 December

    A beautiful crust!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Sarah | Broma Bakery
    Posted at 06:35h, 08 December

    Yeah that crust looks about perfect. Also LOVING that wood board you shoot on!

  • Julie @ Table for Two
    Posted at 06:53h, 08 December

    Made from scratch crust is always the best!! Looks great, Marla!

  • mira
    Posted at 07:20h, 08 December

    I love all butter pie crusts! It actually tastes so much better! Pinning ! (by the way the second pic says 1 1/2 cups kosher salt )

    • Marla
      Posted at 09:52h, 08 December

      Hi! Oops, i’ll change that in the graphic now 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    Posted at 13:13h, 08 December

    Can you come make all my pie crusts? That would be awesome since this is a beauty! 🙂 Pinned!

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:06h, 08 December

      I sure would! Anytime Averie 🙂

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    Posted at 14:35h, 08 December

    Flaky and golden perfection, a gorgeous crust!

    • Marla
      Posted at 15:41h, 08 December

      Thanks Laura, I can’t get enough of it!!

  • Julie Long
    Posted at 17:42h, 08 December

    Wow this looks awesome Thanks

  • Kathy @ Olives & Garlic
    Posted at 18:41h, 08 December

    Gorgeous crust, oh the endless possibilities.

  • Jersey Girl Cooks
    Posted at 20:33h, 08 December

    What a beautiful looking pie crust! You’ve convinced me to try again as making pie crust is not a talent I have.

  • CakeSpy
    Posted at 06:42h, 09 December

    We must! We must! We must increase our crust!

    • Marla
      Posted at 11:05h, 09 December

      Haaaaaa. LOVE it!! But of course 😉

  • Melissa
    Posted at 23:24h, 09 December

    Do you need to blond bake this first? Thanks you for any advice!

  • rudi
    Posted at 15:46h, 20 September

    i love.. i want cook,, delicious

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