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Best Flaky Pie Crust (with Einkorn Flour)

This is the absolute best pie crust ever - it has a rich, buttery flavor with light and flaky layers and just a hint of sweetness that's perfect for holidays and special occasions!  Made ancient grain Einkorn flour, but regular flour works too.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pastry, pie, pie crust
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 pie crust


Pie crust:

Optional egg wash:


  • Mix flour, salt, and baking powder together in a mixing bowl. Add shortening and butter and cut in with a pastry cutter until it resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the water and egg until well incorporated. 
  • Turn dough out on a floured surface and knead for at least a minute, until it forms a very smooth ball. Use a floured rolling pin to roll out the dough to a circle with 1/4" thickness. It works best to roll a little in all directions, then quickly lift the dough a couple inches off the floured surface, sprinkle some extra flour underneath if needed, and do a quarter turn before laying the dough down again and rolling some more. Repeat this as you roll so you turn it at least 3-4 times - This keeps the bottom of the dough from sticking to your surface. Once you're done rolling, the circle will be larger than you need, but it's always better to have extra crust than not not enough!
  • Once the dough is the right thickness, gently roll the rolling pin from one end of the dough to the other so the dough is wrapped around the pin and can easily be transferred to a 9" pie dish. Starting at one end of the dish, carefully unroll the dough until it lays over all sides of the dish. 
  • Use kitchen scissors to trim the dough, leaving at least 1/2" over the rim of the pie dish.
  • Use fingers to crimp the edges of the crust all the way around the pie as pictured above. Make sure the crimped edges extend up past the rim of the dish and lean back just slightly over the rim so it prevents the crust from sagging down too much as it bakes. 
  • Use a fork to prick the crust to allow steam to escape during cooking. 
  • For the egg wash: Use a fork or whisk to beat the egg gently, then use a pastry brush to brush evenly over the crimped edges of the crust (for an extra golden crust, use only the egg yolk). I like to sprinkle with coarse sugar before baking - it's optional but adds a nice touch of sweetness to the finished pie!
  • Depending on what your pie recipe calls for, can either add the filling and bake or blind bake the crust first by lining it with parchment paper and filling it with dried beans or rice (pictured above) to keep the bottom surface from puffing up while it bakes. To blind bake, place the crust in a 425 degree oven for 10 minutes, or until the edges just begin to brown. 


  • This recipe makes a generous sized single crust - just double everything if you're making a double crusted pie. 
  • If you don't have Einkorn flour, you can substitute any all purpose flour - just be aware you may need to adjust the flour/water content a little to get the right texture. 
  • I don't refrigerate my dough before rolling it out because I just don't find it necessary, but feel free to add that step if you prefer. 
  • The key to getting those beautiful fluted edges that stand up nicely is to be sure they're a good bit higher than the rim of the pie dish and to press the dough back just slightly as you crimp it. This way, the fluted portion rests on top of the rim of the dish like a little shelf to prevent it from sagging down below the rim as it bakes. 
  • Brushing with egg wash and sprinkling with sugar is optional, but I love the little bit of sheen and the sweet touch it adds! For an extra golden crust, use only the yolk, not the whole egg.
  • If you're blind baking, prevent the bottom surface from puffing up when it bakes by either: (1) pricking the crust with a fork; or (2) lining with parchment and dried rice or beans. I prefer the parchment + dried beans/rice method. 
  • If you're blind baking the crust, yes - you can still cook the dried beans or rice afterward - just return them to their bag and cook according to package directions when you're ready! 
  • This dough freezes well - just follow the instructions to the ball stage, then wrap well and freeze. Defrost in the fridge for several hours or overnight and follow the remaining steps. 
  • This recipe makes great pastry for other recipes like this turkey pot pie or these beef and potato hand pies.