Easiest Yummiest Pie Crust Ever

Easiest Yummiest Pie Crust Ever


Easiest Pie Crust Ever
This is the easiest yummiest pie crust ever….in the history of ever.

It’s true.

Three ingredients.

Well….four if you count water.

It is so delicious and easy that you have to try it.

After you make it….you are totally going to want to be best friends with me.

And I’m okay with that.

I like a friendship based on a really good pastry. 🙂

Strawberry Pie

Yummiest Easiest Pie Crust Recipe Ever

recipe courtesy of the wonderful incredible super-talented Melissa d’Arabian 





1 cup of butter (2 sticks) cubed and chilled

2 1/4 cups of flour

1 teaspoon of salt

8 to 10 tablespoons of ice water



Step 1:  Cube the butter and place it into the freezer until chilled.

Step 2:  Combine butter, flour and salt in the food processor and lightly pulse until  the mixture resembles wet sand.




Step 3:  Add the water, one tablespoon at a time….lightly pulsing after each tablespoon of water until the mixture begins to form clumps.

Step 4:  Transfer equal amounts of the dough into two plastic bags and pat into a disc.  Allow dough to rest in the refrigerator for approximately 30 minutes.

Pie Crust Dough


Step 5:  Remove one bag of dough from refrigerator and using a rolling pin…..roll into a 10″ disc and place into a pie dish.

From this point…you will want to follow the directions on your particular pie recipe.

For the strawberry pie….I braided the remaining disc of dough as a decorative edge for the pie and pre-baked it.

Here’s the quick recipe for one of my favorite things to go inside the crust…..Strawberry Pie.


Easiest Pie Crust Ever

Strawberry Pie

recipe based on this recipe from All-Recipes







1 nine-inch pie crust baked (see recipe above)

1 quart fresh strawberries

3/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of water

3 tablespoons of cornstarch


Step 1:  Slice 3/4 of strawberries and place in baked pie shell.

Step 2:  Mash remaining 1/4 of strawberries.

Step 3:  In a saucepan combine mashed strawberries, cornstarch, sugar and water.  Heat on med/high heat…..stirring constantly until mixture comes to a boil.  Let it boil for about 2 to 3 minutes until mixture thickens.  Let cool for several minutes.

Step 4:  Pour mixture over strawberries in the pie crust.

Step 5:  Chill for several hours before serving.  Serve with fresh whipped cream.

It’s delicious.

I think my children asked for fourteenths.

Have a great day……BFF!  🙂


PS  Looking for a little more recipe inspiration?  Be sure to check out my recipe page.

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  1. Love strawberry pie. Every time I see one I ALWAYS think of my grandma. She loved strawberry pie. I remember when I was in college I would take her out once a week and we would go to WalMart so she could pick up a few items here and there. Then I would always say, “hey, why don’t we go to lunch?” She would say no and then giggle and say yes. Her favorite restaurant was Shoney’s and we always ended our lunches with a slice of strawberry pie. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Mostly thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  2. Thanks, I don’t make pie a lot and maybe this will prompt me to do so more often. I already wanted to be best friends 🙂

  3. It’s hard to improve on Casablanca but……”KariAnne , I think this is the beginning of a beautiful pastry-based friendship”

  4. I am going to totally try this. I have been buying pie crust. You might have saved my life, just a little.

  5. Looking good girl!!! 🙂 Sharing on my facebook hehehehehe. {you have entered the schedule} ! ha

  6. Is this just a gorgeous pie or what!!! Just in time for us to put in our recipe files for Spring!!! Who doesn’t love strawberries-right~~ love that it is so easy too

    Thank you~~

  7. Who are you, and more importantly, what did you do with my KariAnne? Wowzers!!!! I’ll be right over. So, if this particular Strawberry Pie is gone, you better get busy.♥

  8. I am not much of a baker so I don’t make pie crusts but if I ever do I promise to try this recipe.

    I am, however, totally in love with your measuring spoon!

  9. friendship over strawberry pie- yes! however, bff over browies (especially if you don’t mind me eating more than one!).

  10. Hi Karianne, Looks awesome, OOOH those strawberrys, I could come into the page and eat a slice… I have a very “similar” crust but mine is w/oil and you just put it all in the pie pan and press it, there is no chilling time, just put in your filling and bake, it is called “pat a crust,” melts in your mouth! So PLEASE, the next time you make it, call me and I will be over! 🙂 BFF!

  11. If I am there in an hour – is that enough time to make another one? See you then!

  12. I haven’t even read the post yet but had to comment on how PRETTY the pie is!! I’m all about good looking food. lol

  13. What a pretty pie and the recipe is so simple! Saving this post to my favorites! Can’t wait till the Summer and the abundance of berries!!

  14. Oh- That sounds so tempting I may have to let Pillsbury pie crusts stay way in the back of the fridge. I will give this a try-I love making pies. xo Diana

  15. My hubs favorite thing is pie – any kind! For his b-day, I had the requisite b-day cake with his baby pic splashed across it but the thing he liked best was the selection of pies to go with it!

  16. Ahhhhhh…….beautimous! 😉 You are making me………..STARVING! lol! That is one good-looking pie, woman! Thank you for the recipe! ~k.

  17. Dearest Pie Crust,
    How I’d love to make and eat you. How I dream of you at night, while the rest of me sleeps. How easy and delicious you look. Yet alas, the rest of me has gained up on my big jelly-belly self and has placed restrictions on my pie eating habits. My other parts have promised, however, after seeing these gorgeous and delicious pictures, that if I’m on my best behaviour, and get my lipid-loving self in fine form, I shall be rewarded with a piece of this wonderful pie.

  18. That’s my favorite pie…how did you know? Well, of course you would know…you are my BFF! 😉

  19. Looks delicious!! Beautiful photos too! 🙂

  20. I wnt to be your best friend even without the recipe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! However, being the WORLDS WORST BAKER I am eternally grateful for this post. I will try ONE MORE TIME to make a PIE!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOOOOOOVE pie, much more than cake but……………… Thanks again, it is gorgeous and no doubt delicious. I could crawl right into my screen. XO

  21. HOOOOOOLY COW…this is the prettiest pie EVER !
    and it sounds delicious.
    I’ll be making it soon.

  22. And now I want PIE! 🙂 This looks amazing. I’ve done a similar pie crust, and every time I pull out the Pillsbury All-Ready pie crust (or the Aldi alternative!), I wonder why I didn’t just make my own! I decree that next time, the pie crust will be HOMEMADE!

    Have a great day!!

  23. I have a long-standing fear of making pie crusts but this one I might have to try. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. I am so impressed KariAnne. You have progressed so far from your mac and cheese days. I’ll be right over 🙂

  25. Dear KariAnne,

    Your pie crust recipe looks so easy and delicious and comes out so beautifully! I don’t own a food processeser but I think I could put it together without it, maybe. My husband dearly loves strawberries and strawberry pie is one of his favorite desserts, especially when strawberries are in season down here. I might just have to try this out. Thanks for sharing with us!

  26. Yum I could totally do this! I do LOVE to bake.But I have never ever made my own crust! I will now 🙂

  27. Cynthia Toone Riley :

    With 12 inches of snow forecasted for my town this weekend, this is a much needed breath of Spring!
    One question though..what temp and how long do you back the crust?
    Thanks, Cindy

  28. Can I have your address please?!

  29. This looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  30. I might try it. But I might not. We may have to just agree to disagree. Cause I have a pie crust recipe that I swear is the best ever. Came from my Grandma. And I’ve never ever tasted one better!!!! LOL!

  31. This is EXACTLY how I make pie crust (I also add 1 tsp sugar). Works well for me.

  32. OK, Karianne, I have tried many recipes for pie crust but don’t always have great results. I LOVE pie, so I’m going to give this one a shot and the strawberries look wonderful, so will try that too. I already think of you as a best friend, but it this works you might have a stalker on you hands..Happy Thursday..Judy

  33. Oh YUMMY! What a great pie crust recipe! I love strawberry pie… I’ll take a piece please!

  34. Oh, that pie looks so good. I am going to give it a try.

  35. AHhhh, Kari Anne your killing me. Do I need to postpone my Atkins once again? And drive down to Plant City (a five hour drive mind you) to get fresh from the field strawberries, because grocery store ones just won’t do…and then have to run (literally) back the whole way to work off the bizillion calories I will eat when I devour the entire pie because I can not NOT eat the Easiest Yummiest Pie Crust Ever with Strawberry Pie Filling Inside. Will we still be pastry pals when I can’t fit through the door or break one of your beautiful chairs when I sit down????? Well, it doesn’t matter because it’s PIE!.

  36. Agreed! I make this same pie crust. I use it for both sweet pies as well as savory, like chicken pie. Yum-yum!

  37. WOW! And you say you don’t cook, well, baking is cooking and that looks fabulous!!! I want to try that, all I have in my freezer is rhubarb, hubby would enjoy that, so I will try it very soon! Thank you for the recipe!

  38. Wow! What a great, easy recipe and such a beautiful pie! Absolutely love strawberry pie! Will give this recipe a shot…..I think I can handle this!! Lovely pictures as well!!

  39. For a former “mac and cheese” kitchen gal you sure have come a long way! This recipe sounds easy and I like the very precise instructions. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks for once again sharing food that looks too good to eat.


  40. Yes yes yes it sounds great and also like the pie crust my nan use to make………….

  41. I posted a recipe for my grandma’s chocolate pie a while back using a frozen crust, and my relatives came OUT of the woodwork to say that I should not use a frozen crust. 🙂 (In my defense, that’s the recipe my grandma gave me!) I need to try this one!

  42. You made a pie crust!…and even “braided the edges”!!…I am impressed!!!..the pie looks wonderful…No “Mac ‘n Cheese” kitchen for you anymore!!…

  43. Oh YUM. The crust is my absolute favorite part of any pie!

  44. This is absolutely the most delicious pie crust I have ever eaten! It is oh so buttery, light and flaky! I never make pies because I refuse to buy store pie crusts, saying that I won’t make pie until I learn to make my own. Needless to say, we haven’t had pie in years! The other day when my mom suggested I turn some leftover stew into beef pot pie, I thought, “Oh, but I have to make pie crust – oh my…” Your post on pie was the very. next. day. How excellent is that?! We all agreed that this pie crust is a keeper! Thank you so much for posting it!

  45. How long did you pre bake the crust? Can I cut down on the sugar to about 1/2C if my strawberries are very sweet?

  46. Hey, karianne…It’s me..you know the one that is IN love with your shutter wall…and most everything else in your house….you see …I have thought you were a rock star BEFORE you even wrote the blog about being a Rock Star…Well, now you have really done it….It is the easiest and best Piecrust EVER and I don’t know how you knew, that strawberry pie is a favorite in our house..ever since my daughter was 3…and now she is 32..hmmm hard to believe but she is..and the whole point of this ramblin’ on is because I couldn’t wait to tell you I use the exact recipe for sweet Georgia peaches..Yep..I am a Georgia girl, born and bred…I make it exactly like the strawberries…and girl it will make you want to jump up and down and claim your rock Star status…For Real…

  47. Hey! Happened upon this blog post when looking for an easy pie crust recipe! I was wondering, how long did you bake your pie crust? Did you use weights or foil or parchment to keep it from bubbling up during baking? Thanks! As soon as I figure these questions out (hopefully you’ll answer them!) I’m making this! Everything’s already in my fridge to do it! LOL =)

  48. I’ve got to tell you, I really WANT to try pie crust this way- this week!! (it is almost Thanksgiving!) My husband’s great aunt taught me how to make pie crust, and the trick is to keep it cold, and not work it too much. Your recipe sounds like it will accomplish all of that without all the anxiety that I usually have that “don’t work it too much, don’t work it too much, don’t….” etc. I had never thought of running it through the food processor, but that could be my rescue operation for perfect pie crust! Thanks a million!

  49. Sheryll & Critters. :

    Well I want some… the whole pie! And where in the world did you or anyone find fresh Strawberries????????? I live in Florida and I can’t find even one. And Plant City, Florida (long way from me) is famous for their Strawberries.

    I am saving both of these recipes too! And braid dough for a pie…… (me?) you got to be kidding. I tried doing a lattice top one time and I FAILED. I think the kitchen was too hot and therefore the dough? I really NEED someone to teach me to make pie dough crusts. I used to make a Pate Brisee when I made Quiche Alsacienne, but I am scared to even try that now. Anyway, that is the most beautiful pie! And would you believe….. I have NEVER even tasted a Strawberry Pie….. sobbing.

  50. Susan McGovern :

    This sounds great but I do not have a food processor.

    What is the best way to do this without one?