3 Ingredient Pie Crust

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This 3-ingredient pie crust is the definition of ease and flavor. This rich crust uses simple ingredients to create a rich, buttery crust that bakes up to golden brown perfection every time.

3-ingredient pice crust in pie plate

If you love pie, you already know that the crust can make or break it. A good pie has to have a great crust, and this is one of the best I’ve ever made. The recipe is so easy and so good.

3-Ingredient Pie Crust

I love making pie, and thanks to this pie recipe, every part of my pies is now fool-proof. This easy recipe is so simple and makes a great crust. I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of simplicity!

Overhead shot of 3-ingredient pie crust in pie plate

Ingredients

It only takes a handful of simple ingredients that you already have in your kitchen to make this recipe.

  • flour
  • salt
  • butter
  • water
Overheat shot of stick of butter and bowls of flour, slat, and water on table

Instructions

It only takes 5 simple steps to make this pie crust.

Step 1: Place flour and salt in a 9-inch pie plate.  Mix together. (If you are in a hurry or don’t feel like taking your time and being neat, you can also mix this together in a bowl.)

Overhead shot of flour and salt in bowl

Step 2: Add melted butter and water.  Continue mixing until dough forms.  I like to use my hands to combine the ingredients well.  The dough will appear to be a bit dry. Be careful not to add too much water which would result in a harder crust.

Closeup shot of butter being poured into bowl of flour and salt

Step 3: When dough is uniform, press it into the bottom of your pie plate.  I then form the edges with my fingertips to create a more polished look.

Step 4: Using a fork, poke several holes in the bottom of the crust.

Overhead shot of 3-ingredient pie crust in pie plate

Step 5: It can be baked blind (350ºF for 20 minutes or until slightly golden), frozen for up to two weeks, or used in any baked pie recipe and baked according to that recipe.

Overehead shot of baked pie crust in pie plate

Equipment

You won’t need much of anything to make this super simple recipe.

  • Mixing bowl
  • Mesuring cups and spoons
  • Spoon
  • Pie plate

Substitutions

Salted Butter: If you only have salted butter, use that and omit the salt called for in the recipe.

Shortening: Use melted shortening at a 1 to 1 ratio in place of butter.

Closeup shot of baked 3-ingredient pie crust

Options

Looking for ways to change up this 3-ingredient pie crust? Here are some suggestions.

Lard: For an extra rich crust, use lard instead of butter.

Gluten-Free: Use almond flour or another gluten-free flour in place of regular flour.

Tips:

  • Be sure to prick the bottom of your pie crust to prevent bubbling.
  • When measuring your flour, scoop it out with a spoon and pour it into the measuring cup until it’s overflowing, then level it off with a knife. This prevents using too much flour.
Closeup shot of pie crust in pie plate

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FAQ

How long will this pie crust last?

This crust will last for 3 days in the refrigerator or up to 2 weeks in the freezer.

How do you freeze pie crust?

Open-air freeze it to retain its shape. Then, tightly wrap it in a double layer of clingwrap and then a layer of foil. Then, place it in a heavy-duty freezer bag.

How do you defrost pie crust?

Simply leave it in the refrigerator overnight.

3-ingredient pie crust in pie plate.

3-Ingredient Pie Crust

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Yield: 1 pie crust

3 Ingredient Pie Crust

3 Ingredient Pie Crust

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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2-3 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Place flour and salt in a 9-inch pie plate.  Mix together. (If you are in a hurry or don’t feel like taking your time and being neat, you can also mix this together in a bowl.)
  2. Add melted butter and water.  Continue mixing until dough forms.  I like to use my hands to combine the ingredients well.  
  3. When dough is uniform, press it into the bottom of your pie plate.  
  4. I form the edges with my fingertips to create a more polished look.
  5. Using a fork, poke several holes in the bottom of the crust.
  6. It can be baked blind (350ºF for 20 minutes or until slightly golden), frozen for up to two weeks, or used in any baked pie recipe and baked according to that recipe.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 190Total Fat 9gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 23mgSodium 215mgCarbohydrates 24gFiber 1gSugar 0gProtein 3g

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