4 ingredients and 10 minutes is all you need for this cheater oil pie crust recipe. It’s tender and is great in a pinch when you don’t feel like messing with fussy pie dough.
Raise your hand if you think making a real pie crust is a pain! That’s me too. I’ll begrudgingly make one for special occasions or when I want to impress. It’s great when done well with all the flaky, tender layers, but personally, the filling of the pie is the best part anyway.
Enter this easy cheater oil pie crust for everyday life. This is the recipe we grew up making. It’s quick and easy and while the flaky layers aren’t there like a traditional pie crust. It still is very tender and so much easier than regular pie dough. Here is a quick walk through of the steps to make the crust.
Measure your ingredients, you’ll only need flour, salt, oil and water. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir gently with a fork until the mixture comes together. This is key, don’t over mix the dough or it will get tough. It is okay if there is some flour remnants at the bottom of the bowl.
Roll the dough out between two sheets of wax paper. Lightly wet the counter with water and then lay one sheet of wax paper on it. Place the ball of dough on top, flatten slightly and top with another wax paper. Roll out with a rolling pin to the size of your pie dish. Then, to easily transfer to your baking dish, peel off the top layer of wax paper, and place face down in the baking dish.
Arrange in the plate and carefully peel the second layer of wax paper off. Trim excess pie dough and crimp the edges. Ta da! An easy, tasty pie crust in less than 1o minutes. I use the recipe about 3/4 of the time, the other 4th, I use an all butter pie crust recipe from King Arthur Flour. I have to really want to impress someone to use that recipe though, because there is so much work involved.
Wondering what to fill your pie crust with? Try out any of the pies linked below the recipe. Or, choose any of your favorite pie fillings, peach, strawberry or blueberry sound great this time of year.
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup vegetable or canola oil
- ¼ cup cold water
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and salt. Add the oil and water at once to the flour and gently stir with a fork until it just comes together in a ball. Do not over stir. Split the dough in half
- Roll out each half between two sheet of wax paper.
- Peel off the top layer of paper and place face down in the pie dish. Peel off the second layer of paper. Trim edges and crimp. Repeat the with other half of the dough. Fill pie with your favorite filling and bake as directed in your recipe.
- This makes 2 crusts, enough for one 8 or 9 inch double crust pie or two single crust pies.
Here are some great pie recipes for your crust: