We haven’t met many people who don’t enjoy a slice of pie. This popular dessert dates back to Ancient Egypt, and the Oxford English Dictionary notes that pie was a pretty popular word in the 14th century. According to the American Pie Council, the first published pie recipe is attributed to the Romans, and it was a savory dish: rye-crusted goat cheese with honey.
Tips for Making Flaky Pie Crust
A flaky pie crust is always the goal—it’s perfectly crumbly and extra flavorful. But how do you achieve the ideal texture? Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re practicing at home.
- Keep ingredients cold: Cold ingredients are a secret seasoned pie bakers know well. It’s best to arrange all your ingredients into separate bowls (like the flour, butter, and water) and refrigerate them until ready to use. You can even chill the bowl you’ll be using.
- Don’t overwork: It’s tempting to keep stirring, but you only need to mix the ingredients until just combined—it’s OK to see different size pieces of butter in the dough.
- Try secret ingredients: A solid pie crust recipe is little more than flour, fat, salt, and water, but some avid bakers have experimented with secret ingredients like apple cider vinegar and sour cream to ensure a tender crust.
Top Pie Crust Brands
When it comes to ready-made pie crust, one brand stands above the rest.
Founded in the 1940s, Mi-Del has been a pioneer of Swedish-style cookies and gluten-free crusts for decades. Gingersnaps were the first product, and the brand has since expanded to all sorts of goodies, especially gluten-free and allergy-safe options.
Best Pie Crust
Intimidated by pie crust (or just need a speedy recipe)? Reach for a pie crust that’s ready when you are.
Gluten Free Pie Crust, Graham Style
Certified Gluten-Free and dairy-free, Mi-Del's nine-inch pie crust is ideal for your favorite fillings. Try creamy key lime, sweet cherry, or rich chocolate.
Thrive Market’s Best Pie Recipes
Making pie from scratch can be a satisfying (and delicious) activity—here are our best recipes.
This Blueberry Pie Is Paleo-Friendly
Make this paleo-friendly pie for your next summer celebration. Gluten-free flours and ghee make up the crust, and juicy, bursting blueberries round out the filling.
How to Make Pecan Pie
This pecan pie has a paleo-friendly twist. The recipe features a chocolate and almond flour crust (so decadent!) and a sweet pecan filling—perfect for holidays and special occasions.
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie
Not all pie is sweet. Savory shepherd's pie is a vegan-friendly dinner that’s extra filling thanks to hearty ingredients like black lentils, carrots, onions, and cream of mushroom soup.