3 Secrets to the Perfect Pie Crust Revealed

3 secrets for making the perfect pie crust!I love to bake! But, I’ll admit it. I can’t really bake a pie. I don’t know what it is! Every single time I try, something goes wrong with the pie crust. It either falls apart. Or doesn’t roll out well. Or it’s too dry…

So while I was in Michigan at my parents’ house, I took advantage of the chance of having a Master Baking class from my Mom.

My mom is a fantastic baker! She doesn’t like to bake, ironically, but she makes such yummy things! She got some family secrets when it came to baking pies and I’ve never had the chance to learn them. And thankfully, she agreed to share it with you all!

3 secrets for making the perfect pie crust!Secret 1 | Everything must be cold!

I knew this tip already, but I think I didn’t realize just HOW cold things should be in order to have the perfect pie crust. My mom uses a combo of unsalted butter and shortening, and both she pulls right out of the freezer and cuts them straight in to the pie crust dough.

3 secrets for making the perfect pie crust!

Secret 2 | The crust needs to rest!

My mom swears that once the pie crust dough is done, it needs to be in the fridge, resting, for at least 1 hour. This gets the dough nice and cold again, so it doesn’t fall apart while you roll it out. Again… something I’ve messed up each time. I’m not the fastest roller, so the colder the dough before rolling, the better.

3 secrets for making the perfect pie crust!

Secret 3 | Use plastic wrap to ensure you don’t over-flour or over-handle!

This was a mind blower! I watched my mom line her countertop with plastic wrap, plop the dough down on that, and then top the dough with another layer of plastic wrap. Then she rolled it out into a disk. No extra flour getting incorporated into the dough, no sticking. Genius! And then, when it was time to transfer the dough to the pie plate, she just picked up the plastic wrap and gently dropped it into the plate. So smart!

BONUS Secret | Don’t stress out over the dough!

Maybe she mentioned this a lot because I was nervous, but my mom told me over and over again that it was hard to mess up pie crust dough if you’re calm and not fussing over it. She makes her dough in the food processor. She is rough with it. She doesn’t fuss over the ingredients. Basically, if you stay calm (ahem… Katie…) then you’ll be successful!

Now, because I’m a visual learner, my mom was sweet enough to let me record her teaching session so I could refer back to it. AND agreed that I could share it with you!

Now, a note: In the middle of this whole experience, my sister and her husband showed up, so the background noise picks up, and there are quite a few giggles! Plus, in all the excitement of catching up with my sister, I actually forgot to record the final product. HAHA! But thankfully I remembered to put it on Instagram.

See, when all else fails, I’m loyally documenting on Instagram 😉

Are you as hopeless as I am with pie baking? Or do you have a secret or two to share? Please Share!

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10 comments

  1. Whitney says:

    Those are great tips! I have never attempted pie crust on my own, but her method seems do-able. The cling wrap technique is genius!

    Also, your Mom is awesome. Of course you know that you two sound very similar when you talk. 🙂

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      HAHA We are the same person, basically 🙂

      And this is partly why I recorded it – I needed to refer back to it! But the cling wrap – pure genius.

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      HAHA! I was thinking the same thing after we finished up this video. “I can do this! I’ll do this one day… maybe” 🙂 I’m going to try though!

  2. Whitney Jordan says:

    This might be my very favorite video you’ve ever done. I LOVE making homemade pies and I got so many good tips – super cold butter and shortening, using your food processor to do the work and rolling out on plastic wrap. All genius tips. Now I need an excuse to make some pie. I LOL’d at your “Mixa Mixa” reference and thank your mom for sharing her family secrets 🙂

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      The food processor was the game changer for me. I always thought you had to be gentle with the dough. But totally breathed a sigh of relief that it was easier than what I thought.

      And I chuckled to myself too that mixa mixa just popped out. You know you have a toddler when…. 🙂

  3. Beth says:

    I wonder what the resting time does. I always skip that step…. call me impatient I suppose. I love that you mom was so sweet to share all of her secrets. Now I want pie.

    • Katie @ Cup of Tea says:

      I’ve been craving pie all week. If we weren’t going out of town this weekend, pie would be on my list of things to do. 🙂 And baking is such a mystery. It’s a science experiment! Not sure what the resting in the fridge part does (other than get the dough cold again) but it works. Wild!

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