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Complete Guide to Pie Crust by The BakerMama

Forked Pie Crust

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  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Yield: 2 (9-inch) pie crusts


Step-by-step guide to from making picture-perfect forked pie crust.


  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold & cubed
  • 1/4 cup cold water


  1. Generously butter two 9-inch pie plates and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and sugar. Cut in the butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Add the water and knead with your hands until well combined. Divide dough into two equal balls.
  3. Flatten each ball of dough slightly and wrap with plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let set while you prep the work surface. On a lightly floured surface using a floured rolling pin, roll each ball of dough into a disc that is about 1-inch larger than the pie plates. Check for size by inverting the pie plate over the rolled out disc of dough to measure for a 1-inch edge surrounding the pie plate. The disc should be about 1/8-inch thick.
  5. Transfer the dough to the pie plate by gently rolling the dough up around your rolling pin and then placing the rolling pin on one side of the pie plate and rolling it into the plate. Press down and around to make the dough fit the pie plate and hang over the sides.
  6. Trim the dough even with the edge of the pan. Dip fork tines in flour, then press the fork straight onto the crust edge, without pressing all the way through the dough. Continue along the edge of the dough, pressing right next to the first set of marks. Continue all around the edge of the dough.
  7. Cover the forked pie crust with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator while you prepare the filling or for at least 30 minutes.
  8. While the pie crust is chilling, preheat the oven to 375°F. *Oven temperature and bake time will vary depending on pie recipe.
  9. Place the filled pie on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and cover the edges of the crust with foil to protect them if turning to brown. Return to the oven for 20 to 30 minutes longer or until golden brown.
  • See blog post above for detailed instructions on how to Par-Bake a Pie Crust (for quiche, custard pie, etc.) and Pre-Bake a Pie Crust (for cream pies, no-bake fillings, etc.)