No Fail Pie Crust

Lately, I haven’t been making as many pies as I once did.  Probably related to two things, first, I’m certainly more health conscious than I was 20 years ago.  And,  lets face it, with a cup of shortening/butter/lard in one double crust pie, it doesn’t matter if the filling is all carrots, quinoa and celery, it could never be considered a health food. 
However, sometimes healthy just isn’t the priority…comfy and homey is, and a pie certainly fits that criteria. 
Secondly, now that I’m a little “older”, the fat and calories from a pie doesn’t fall off like it used to.  Now it hangs on tightly and snuggles into my hips and thighs!
Well, this past Sunday I was thinking all comfy and homey.  I had a few different varieties of apples that needed to be used, so I thought, why not.  This is the result –

Pie Crust

I had never done this before, guess I was in a bit of a rebellious mood, and in the filling I substituted brown sugar for white. 
Because of the mix of apples and tart/sweetness I put in about 1/2 cup and also added nutmeg, cinnamon and some flour.  
The filling was delicious!!  I will never again use white sugar in an apple pie and I can’t believe I had never tried this before..

I’ve used this pie crust recipe for years and years and it has never failed.  However, you need to handle it very gently, don’t overwork and keep your work surface lightly floured.
Chill completed pie thoroughly before baking.
No Fail Pie Crust
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 cups flour
  • ¾ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup shortening/ butter or lard
  • (I usually use vegetable shortening or butter)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. "ice" water
  • (I actually float a couple ice cubes in a little bowl of cold water and use that water in pie the crust)
  • 1 Tbsp.white vinegar
  1. Combine flour and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Cut shortening/butter/lard into flour, until mixture is uniform and resembles peas in size.
  3. In a measuring cup or small bowl and using a fork, beat egg. Add ice water and vinegar. Beat with fork to combine.
  4. Pour evenly over flour mixture and stir gently with a fork until mixture is all moistened.
  5. Gently form mixture into a ball
  6. Cut ball in two equal pieces
  7. Form each half into a ball and gently flatten to form a disc shape.
  8. Using a floured rolling pin and working on a lightly floured surface, roll each disk to fit pie plate from the centre out to form a disc.
  9. You may need to re-position disc and add a little flour as you work.
  10. Roll dough onto rolling pin and transfer to pie plate
Makes 2 - 9" pie crusts

Enjoy and let me know if you have any questions.


  1. Anne K. Albert says:

    Because I am anything but a baker, and have almost zero patience, my "no fail" pie crust uses vegetable oil. It's easy. The only stipulation is rolling the crust out between two sheets of wax paper.

  2. Steadfast Ahoy! says:

    I love pie! It's so easy to make and will work no matter what, how, if it works. My kind of kitchen creation.

  3. I have lots of apples to use, or freeze, too. What a better way to enjoy them, but in a home made pie. I love the great photo angle, too.

  4. I'm going to have to try this. I fail at making pie crust. My poor pie-loving husband…

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  5. I love pie, but don't make it often as I use lard and it might as well be slathered on my hips!

  6. Angela Gentile says:

    Great post!

  7. Hi Monica, thanks for stopping by my blog. Following you back. This pie looks delicious! I rarely make pies because of the crust… it always seems so complicated! I'm not very patient when it comes to baking or cooking. I always need instant gratification… shilling the pie may do me in! But I will give this a try. :) Thank you for sharing your recipe. Does it taste sweeter with brown sugar? I never know when brown sugar is a better substitute. I just always have both on hand in case one is needed over the other. Maybe I need to try it both ways? Have a great day,

  8. Henrietta says:

    Yum! I often substitute brown sugar for white when baking, the brown seems to give everything more depth! I love Pie!

  9. Grandma Bonnie says:

    You pie sounds like a winner. I will have to try it this weekend since I have a basket of apples waiting to be used. New follower from the sit and relax weekend hop.

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  11. Teena in Toronto says:

    Would you believe I've never made a pie?!

  12. Yes… it's the perfect time for apple pie. I made one the other day. :)

  13. Not Your Ordinary Agent says:

    oh my this looks perfect! cannot wait to give it a try!
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