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Melt in your mouth pie crust
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Melt in Your Mouth Pie Crust

Tutorial 101 Pie Crust that will melt in your mouth is easier than you think.  This will be your new favorite pie crust recipe

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Pie Crust tutorial
Prep Time 20 minutes
chill 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 serving
Calories 463 kcal


  • 1 cup butter cut into pieces and frozen
  • 1/3 cup lard or shortening frozen
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Ice water


  1. Cut the butter and lard into pieces and place in the freezer. In the bowl of a food processor add flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Pulse a few times to combine. Add the pieces of butter and shortening. Pulse several times until the mixture is the size of small peas. In a measuring cup add the egg yolk and lemon juice. Mix together. Add water until the liquid comes to the 2/3 cup measure. Mix water in with the egg yolk lemon juice mixture. Pour the water over the flour mixture. Pulse food processor just until the dough begins to hold together. Do not over process or you will have a tough pie crust. Divide the dough into two balls. Flatten each ball into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap or waxed paper and refrigerate until cold. Can be refrigerated for 1 day or frozen for 2 weeks. Makes two (9-inch) pie crusts or 1 double.
  2. For a single pie crust: Roll out half of the dough. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate. Prick bottom and sides with a fork. Bake at 425 for 10-12 minutes or until golden.
  3. Option: You can line the unbaked pie shell with parchment paper then fill with beans or rice and bake for 10 minutes. This is called blind baking the crust and helps it from not shrinking. Remove the parchment paper and beans after the 10 minutes and continue baking until golden. About an additional 4-5 minutes.

Recipe Notes

  1. Remember it's all about keeping everything cold.  Cold butter, cold lard, cold water
  2. Refrigerate rolled out pie for at least 30 minutes prior to baking.
  3. Allow your dough to relax a few minutes after rolling out before laying into pie plate.
Nutrition Facts
Melt in Your Mouth Pie Crust
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 463 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 495mg21%
Potassium 82mg2%
Carbohydrates 37g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 740IU15%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.