Craving pie without the pie-making ordeal? We’ve all had those moments where the sheer thought of crafting a pie crust—cutting in the cold, cubed butter, gently adding spoonfuls of ice water, and wrestling with flour-covered counters as you roll out the dough—feels more like a chore than a therapeutic baking session. While on some days the process seems meditative, on others, it’s undeniably a hassle.
Enter the no-fuss pie crust—your savior on those hassle-kind-of-days! This gem requires no rolling and no cutting in, yet it miraculously bakes to perfection. That’s correct! No rolling!
No Fuss Pie Crust
Simply combine your ingredients: flour, oil, cold water (ice-free!), baking powder, and salt in a bowl, and then firmly press the dough into your pie dish. You can easily mold it with your hands or a flat-bottomed glass in just a matter of moments.
Here’s the sweet (or savory) secret: it offers all the convenience of a store-bought crust while allowing you full control over the ingredients. Choose any oil that tickles your fancy—peanut, olive, avocado, canola, or even melted butter—they all do the trick. The result? A tender, unexpectedly flaky crust.
This recipe yields enough for a 9-inch single crust pie. Should you need to blind bake it, remember to pierce it first with a fork to prevent excessive puffing. If your heart (or recipe) desires a top-crust, simply double this recipe and casually scatter little dough pieces across the pie’s top, forming a streusel-esque topping.
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup oil (your choice)
3 tablespoons cold water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
Lightly coat a 9-inch pie dish with nonstick spray and set aside.
Whisk together flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.
Add the oil and water, mixing until unified, and form into a ball.
Press the dough ball into the bottom of the prepared pie dish, encouraging it towards the sides. Use your knuckles or the bottom of a glass to ensure it’s evenly distributed across the bottom and up the sides of the dish.
Crimp top edges or flatten with fork tines, insert your chosen filling, and bake as per your pie recipe’s guidelines.
No-fuss and all flavor, this pie crust recipe ensures your pie cravings are met without the kitchen acrobatics. It’s a delightful shortcut to a heavenly homemade pie, letting you savor every bite without recalling a baking ordeal. Dive into effortless baking and let the pie-enjoyment commence!