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Grandma's No-Fail Pie Crust

Grandma’s No-Fail Pie Crust

  • Author: Audrey
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Slices 1x


Grandma’s No Fail Pie Crust is a recipe that assimilates the warmness of tradition and the assurance of tastiness, in each flaky layer. This crust strikes the balance between simplicity and excellence requiring a few basic ingredients – flour, salt, shortening and cold water – to craft a foundation that is both tender and sturdy. Whether used for savory creations it serves as a masterpiece that elevates any filling into an unforgettable culinary delight.



1 1/4 c all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 c shortening

4 to 5 tbsp cold water


Begin by blending the ingredients in a bowl. Mix together 1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour and 1/4 teaspoon of salt.

Next add the shortening to the mixture. Cut, in 1/3 cup of shortening using a pastry blender or your fingers until the mixture resembles crumbs the size of peas.

Slowly mix water into the mixture. Add 4 to 5 tablespoons of water one tablespoon, at a time while heaving with a fork until the dough comes together.

Once the dough is constructed, gently shape it into a ball. Then roll it out on a surface according to your preferred size and thickness.

Your pie crust is now prepared to be loaded with your favorite pie filling. Relish baking your pie with this crust!


Turning this timeless recipe into a gluten-free treat is simpler than you may imagine! Instead of using all-purpose flour opt for a top-notch gluten-free flour blend that can be seamlessly substituted in a 1:1 ratio. Make sure the blend contains xanthan gum, which mimics the texture and stretchiness of gluten guaranteeing that your crust remains perfectly intact. Keep everything the salt, shortening and cold water – and proceed with following the recipe as you normally would.

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes