Try My Easy Oil Pie Crust That Is Foolproof

Oil for Oil Pie Crust
Oil makes this crust tender and flaky.  

The recipes I’m going to share with you are far from gourmet dishes that call for expensive ingredients that you would have to drive all over creation just to find or mail away for.  Everything I cook is either in your pantry now or at the local grocery store–not a specialty shop.  So if truffles and birds’ nest soup are what you crave, then you won’t find it here–only basic, old-fashioned recipes made from scratch like my oil pie crust!

This recipe that I want to tell you about came to me out of desperation.  It was apple season and we were lucky enough to have a bountiful apple harvest from the tree in our yard.  After hours of peeling and coring tons of apples for pie, I discovered I was out of shortening for my pies.

The normal person would have jumped in their car to go get some shortening.  However, I was too tired after all that apple detail.  Instead, I went through tons of my cookbooks until I found this odd recipe for pie crust with oil.

Oil?  Now don’t cringe at the thought.  You don’t have to worry about screwing up the dough like when you use shortening and work it too much.  This crust is foolproof even if you never made a flaky pie before.

This crust is the only one I still make.  It’s healthier, tender and flaky consistently, much easier than traditional recipes, can be used for dessert pie, potpie, and a quiche crust.  But the only way you’ll know for sure that I’m nuts about this is for you to try my crust yourself.

*All moms know how much their kids love to help them in the kitchen.   A great together activity is mom and child working side by side on this pie crust.  Allow your child to pat the bottom crust into your pie pan for you.  You’ll be surprised at how efficient those small hands can be from working with their play dough.  Your child will delight in taking part in making something delicious for the family while learning by mom’s example!*

Oil Pie Crust

1-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1/2 cup canola oil
1/4 cup milk
1/8 teaspoon salt

Mix all the ingredients in your bowl until they form a greasy ball.

Divide the ball into two for the top and bottom crust.

Grease a 9-inch pie pan.

Roll out the first ball on a sheet of wax paper.  You can press it into your pan or save it for your top crust.  I pat the first ball into the pan, pour my filling, then roll the remaining top crust on the wax paper so it has a nicer appearance.  If it sticks to the paper, then sprinkle a little flour to make rolling easier.   Don’t worry if your dough ball feels greasy because it is normal.

Once you have the crust in the shell, you can fill it with your favorite filling and bake as usual.

Next time, I’ll give you a delicious way to use your leftovers and turn them into my Super Easy Potpie!

ENJOY!

Oil Pie Crust
This oil pie crust is healthier, tender and flaky consistently, much easier than traditional recipes, can be used for dessert pie, potpie, and a quiche crust. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: oil pie crust
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients in your bowl until they form a greasy ball.
  2. Divide the ball into two for the top and bottom crust.
  3. Grease a 9-inch pie pan.
  4. Roll out the first ball on a sheet of wax paper.  You can press it into your pan or save it for your top crust.  I pat the first ball into the pan, pour my filling, then roll the remaining top crust on the wax paper so it has a nicer appearance.  If it sticks to the paper, then sprinkle a little flour to make rolling easier.   Don't worry if your dough ball feels greasy because it is normal.
  5. Once you have the crust in the shell, you can fill it with your favorite filling and bake as usual.
  6. ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

*All moms know how much their kids love to help them in the kitchen.   A great together activity is mom and child working side by side on this pie crust.  Allow your child to pat the bottom crust into your pie pan for you.  You'll be surprised at how efficient those small hands can be from working with their play dough.  Your child will delight in taking part in making something delicious for the family while learning by mom's example!*

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2 Comments

  1. Yvonne Washington
    June 23, 2022 / 1:56 pm

    Can you use coconut oil, melted?

    • nuts4stuff
      Author
      June 24, 2022 / 2:53 am

      Hi Yvonne,

      I never tried it with coconut oil. I used it with olive oil or canola oil. Try it both ways and see.

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