How To Make A Small Pie Crust

Easy, buttery pie crust recipe! If you’re cooking for one, you may not want to bake a standard sized pie, this single serving pie crust recipe is perfect to use when you’re craving a pie for one.

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It’s pie season! Truly though, I could enjoy a pie any time of the year. Traditionally, the holidays are the most popular time of the year to enjoy pies and today I’m sharing a single serving pie crust recipe that is perfect to use when you bake your favorite “pies for one”. Plus a few single serving pie recipes below.

There are few things more satisfying than making a pie crust from scratch. From the crust to the filling, they can sometimes be a labor of love to make.

Making a homemade pie doesn’t have to take long or be labor intensive, when you have a few good pie recipes in your arsenal of recipes, making one for yourself couldn’t be easier.

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Homemade Pie Crust

Don’t be intimidated by the idea of making a pie crust. It’s super easy!

If you’re making a standard sized pie, the easiest option is to purchase pre-made pie crusts. But if you’re cooking for one, you’d be making a fairly large pie – just for you, which isn’t entirely bad if you know you will enjoy it for a few days.

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So what if you don’t want to be left with pie to eat for days? That’s where this mini pie crust comes in handy.

The small pie crust recipe I’m sharing today is the one I use in our mini pie recipes. This crust provides the base for many different types of pies that are perfect for serving one or two people.

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How To Make A Pie Crust From Scratch

This is a traditional pie crust recipe made with flour and butter and it’s the only pie crust recipe I use when I make fruit pies.

It’s a scaled down version of the recipe I used when I baked large pies for my family.

Ingredients In A Pie Crust

See the recipe below for the complete ingredient list and instructions.

  • all-purpose flour
  • granulated sugar
  • salt
  • cold butter
  • ice water

The crust is buttery and flaky. It’s the perfect base to hold a fruit filling.

Step 1

Combine the ingredients together in a small bowl. Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap.

Flatten into a disc and wrap completely in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Step 2

After the dough has chilled, unwrap and place on a piece of parchment paper.

Cover with a second piece of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a small round circle.

If you’re making a galette, place the parchment paper with the dough onto a baking sheet and remove the top piece of parchment.

If you’re making a pie, transfer the crust to a mini pie pan or small baking dish.

Step 3

Bake pie or galette as directed in the recipe.

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Pies To Make Using This Crust

Apple Pie For One

Apple Galette For One

Cherry Pie For One

Chicken Pot Pie For One

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Tips For Making A Pie Crust

  • The dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
  • Use cold butter in the dough. This is so important! Cold butter will give you a flaky crust.
  • Make sure you chill the dough before you use it. Cold dough is easier to roll out.

What Size Pie Dish Should I Use?

For single serving pies, I recommend using either a 5-inch baking dish or a mini pie pan.

If you’re making a galette, I suggest using a baking sheet.

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Pie Crust Recipe

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Single Serving Pie Crust

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cool: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pie
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 352kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

BUTTER CRUST

  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter
  • 2 teaspoons ice water

Instructions

  • TO MAKE A BUTTER CRUST
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • In a small bowl, mix together flour, sugar, and salt. Using a fork, cut in the butter until mixture resembles wet sand.
  • Add water and stir to form dough.
  • Turn the dough out onto a piece of plastic wrap. Flatten into a disc and wrap completely in the plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • After the dough has chilled, unwrap the dough and place it on a piece of parchment paper. Cover with a second piece of parchment paper. Using a rolling pin roll the dough into a 6-inch round circle about 1/8-inch thick.
  • Place the parchment paper with the dough onto a baking sheet and remove the top piece of parchment.
  • Add the pie filling and bake 20 minutes until crust is golden.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pie | Calories: 352kcal | Carbohydrates: 32.64g | Protein: 4.11g | Fat: 23.08g | Saturated Fat: 14.44g | Cholesterol: 60.2mg | Sodium: 201.21mg | Potassium: 40.13mg | Fiber: 1.01g | Sugar: 4.11g | Vitamin A: 699.72IU | Iron: 1.74mg
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4 thoughts on “How To Make A Small Pie Crust”

    1. Hi Charlotte,

      I actually haven’t tested this recipe using almond flour. If you do substitute, would you please let me know how the pie crust turned out.

      Thank you.
      Joanie

  1. 5 stars
    Love it! Perfect for using that last apple or those few last berries that you don’t want to make into a jam or put in a smoothie. I’m assuming that I can simply double the recipe to make a double-crust mini pie? Again, many thanks for your wonderful recipes!

    1. Hi Aly,

      I’m so happy you are enjoying the recipes. Yes, you can double the recipe for a double crust pie.

      Have a wonderful week.

      Joanie

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