Basic Pie Crust


This recipe for a basic pie crust is amazing, because it's easy and cheap. You can fill it with all kinds of great things, such as you favorite fruit.

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Basic pie crust
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2019-08-09, this recipe is for 2 people and takes 10 minutes.

Founder of Ohmydish (established 2014). Would happily spend her entire day in the kitchen. Previously worked in the hospitality industry as an independent chef and is ready and willing to help you gain confidence in the kitchen. With her easy-to-follow recipes, helpful tips, and cooking knowledge, you will be making the very tastiest dishes yourself in no time! Véronique's recipes are intended for everyone, from beginners to advanced home cooks.

Updated at: 26-06-2023

10 minutes 2 people Pie and cake
Basic pie crust


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  • 250 gram all-purpose flour
  • 100 gram dairy butter on room temperature
  • 80 gram sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg
  • teaspoon vanilla extract
Basic pie crust ingredients
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  • standmixer or knead the dough by hand
  • pie dish
  • silicone kitchen brush
  • rolling-pin

Basic Pie Crust

10 minutes 2 people Pie and cake

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Making the basic pie crust – 10 minutes + waiting time

Combine flour and salt and gradually add soft butter into cubes. Knead until you've reached a crumbly dough.

Whisk the egg, sugar and vanilla extract in a small bowl with a fork and add the mixture to the dough.

Knead until you've reached a dough ball, wrap in cling film and refrigerate about an hour.

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Remove the dough ball from the fridge after an hour, dust your work surface and rolling pin with flour and roll out the dough until it fits in the pie dish.

Coat the pie dish with butter and add the dough to the pie dish. You can now use this pie crust for all kinds of fillings and bake in the oven, such as all kinds of fruit. Click here for an example.

tip: use a fork to create holes in the pie crust to prevent the dough from rising during baking.

How to blind bake a pie crust

If you'd like to fill a pie crust with fruit or custard, you need to blind-bake the pie crust first. This simply means that you put some weight on the dough to prevent it from rising during baking. 

Blind baking beans on top of a basic pie crust
Blind baking beans on top of a basic pie crust

Line the pie crust with a piece of parchment paper and pour the ceramic baking beans on top. You can also use dried beans or rice for this.

Bake the pie crust until it's beautiful golden brown, that will take about 10 to 15 minutes. Let it cool off before you remove the baking beans and parchment paper. The pie crust is now ready to fill with ingredients that don't need to bake in the oven.

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