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No Fail Pie Crust Tips and Tricks for Your Holiday Pies

Do you stress about making the perfect pie crust? My mom used to cry over hers when I was young until she finally gave up, but don’t give up! Here are some no-fail tips and tricks from people who know their pie to get your pie crust looking gorgeous in no time. Wow and impress your Thanksgiving guests or the holiday party friends and family with a beautiful homemade pie.

  • Measure the flour accurately. 1 of 7
    Measure the flour accurately.

    Measure flour either with a scale and weighing it or by scooping it first into the measuring cup, not using the cup as the scoop.

    Read more about measuring flour via Food for My Family and grab an all-butter pie crust recipe while you're there.

  • Use your hands and add in egg. 2 of 7
    Use your hands and add in egg.

    Some people use eggs in the shortcrust rather than water to hold it together.

    Watch Jaime use organic eggs for a classic shortcrust pastry and get his hands dirty in the process.

  • Put your sugar and salt in the water. 3 of 7
    Put your sugar and salt in the water.

    Chef Carla Hall from The Chew puts her crust flavorings in the water to dissolve rather than in the flour.

    See Carla Hall demonstrate her perfect pie crust via The Chew

  • Use a food processor. 4 of 7
    Use a food processor.

    Keep everything cold. Using a food processor can keep your hands out of the dough, but be careful not to overmix.

    See how to make pie crust with a food processor via TidyMom

  • Or use a pastry cutter. 5 of 7
    Or use a pastry cutter.

    Using a pastry cutter will also keep your hands out of the dough.

    See Zoe's Perfect Apple Pie on Zoe Bakes

  • Spritz water rather than pour. 6 of 7
    Spritz water rather than pour.

    Alton Brown spritzes the water into his pie crust to make sure it's evenly distributed.

    See Alton's pie crust method via Good Eats

  • What about the crimping? 7 of 7
    What about the crimping?

    All that's left is the crimping.

    Get a few pie crust crimping techniques via Food for My Family


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