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All-Butter Crust

This classic crust can be used for a variety of pie recipes, including Four & Twenty Blackbirds' salted caramel apple pie.


Recipes from The Four and Twenty Blackbirds Pie Book by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen. Copyright © 2013 by Emily Elsen and Melissa Elsen. Used with permission by Grand Central Publishing. All rights reserved.


For a single-crust pie

  • 1 1/2 Cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 Pound (1 stick) cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 Cup cold water
  • 1/2 Cup ice
  • 2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon kosher salt

For a double-crust pie

  • 2 1/2 Cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 Pound (2 sticks) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 Cup cold water
  • 1 Cup ice
  • 1/4 Cup cider vinegar
  • 1 Teaspoon kosher salt


For a single-crust pie

Stir the flour, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add the butter pieces and coat with the flour mixture using a bench scraper or spatula.

With a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture, working quickly until mostly pea-size pieces of butter remain (a few larger pieces are OK; be careful not to overblend).

Combine the water, cider vinegar, and ice in a large measuring cup or small bowl. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of the ice water mixture over the flour mixture, and mix and cut it in with a bench scraper or spatula until it is fully incorporated. Add more of the ice water mixture, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, using the bench scraper or your hands (or both) to mix until the dough comes together in a ball, with some dry bits remaining. Squeeze and pinch with your fingertips to bring all the dough together, sprinkling dry bits with more small drops of the ice water mixture, if necessary, to combine.

Shape the dough into a flat disc, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight, to give the crust time to mellow. If making the double-crust version, divide the dough in half before shaping each portion into flat discs.

Wrapped tightly, the dough can be refrigerated for 3 days or frozen for 1 month.

For a double-crust pie

Follow the same directions as above.

Nutritional Facts
Calories Per Serving4351
Total Fat281g100%
Vitamin A2327µg100%
Vitamin B120.6µg9.6%
Vitamin B60.2mg11.5%
Vitamin D5µg1%
Vitamin E9mg45%
Vitamin K25µg32%
Folate (food)155µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)1465µg100%
Folic acid770µgN/A
Niacin (B3)30mg100%
Riboflavin (B2)3mg100%
Sugars, added19gN/A
Thiamin (B1)4mg100%