Quick and simple pie crust recipe using margarine instead of butter or shortening. This is a versatile crust that can be used with any type of pie. It’s also quite pliable, making it great for decorative crusts.
This crust is ideal for those looking for a classic flavor and texture without using butter or shortening. You can use this crust for all types of pies, from fruit, to cream, to savory.
It’s super simple to make and does not require any complicated ingredients.
Make sure to bookmark or pin this recipe so you can find it the next time you need a margarine based pie pastry.
If your pie recipe requires a pre-baked crust, bake your prepared crust for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.Tip
How to Make a Homemade Pie Crust from Scratch using Margarine
This crust takes just a few minutes to prepare. It’s as simple as mixing together your ingredients and then rolling out your dough.
You will need a mixing bowl, mixer or pastry blender, 8″ or 9″ pie pan, and a rolling pin.
No complicated techniques or ingredients needed. It’s super easy to make!
Margarine Crust Ingredients
Since this recipe only requires a few simple ingredients, it’s affordable to make. It is an excellent all-around crust that can be used for the holidays, or any time of year.
Flour: All-purpose flour is the best type to use for your crust. It produces a traditional texture while producing the most consistent results. If your flour has lumps, sift it before mixing it into the rest of your ingredients.
Margarine: Margarine will be taking the place of more traditional fat bases for our crust. While most of the crusts I make use lard or butter, margarine provides the fat and flakiness we need. Any brand of margarine can be used.
Water: Always use ice cold water when making a pie pastry. It is a binder as well as aiding in creating a flaky texture. Gradually toss in your water until the desired texture is achieved.
Using margarine produces a very pliable crust. This recipe is ideal for creating a fluted or decorative pie crust.Tip
Another great recipe to try: Pie crust using mayo
If you’ve made a homemade pie crust before then the following steps will be familiar. And even if you have never made your own crust, you will find it incredibly easy to make.
Step 1: Add your all-purpose and salt to a mixing bowl and stir together.
Step 2: Cut in your margarine until it forms into coarse textured crumbs.
Note: I’ve found a pastry blender works best, but a mixer can be used as well.
Step 3: While tossing with a fork, sprinkle in your water. Continue until your mixture forms a dough.
Step 4: Using your hands, form your dough into a firm ball.
Step 5: Dust a clean surface and roll your dough out. Roll into a 12″ or 13″ inch circle.
Step 6: Line pie pan with crust. Push down any air pockets with your fingers.
Step 7: Prick bottom of crust with a fork and trim off excess crust from edge.
Step 8: Follow your pie recipe and then enjoy!
Easy Pie Crust With Margarine
- 1 Mixing Bowl
- 1 Mixer or Pastry Blender
- 1 Pie Pan
- 1⅓ Cups All-Purpose Flour
- ½ Cup Margarine
- ½ tsp Salt
- 3 Tbs Water ice cold, adjust amount as needed
- In your mixing bowl, stir together your all-purpose flour and salt
- Cut in your margarine. Coarse crumbs will form
- Use a fork to toss your mixture while slowly adding in your water. Continue until mixture turns into dough
- Form your dough into a firm ball using your hands
- Roll out dough into a 12" or 13" circle on a flour dusted surface
- Line pie pan with crust. Using your fingers, press down any air pockets
- Prick the bottom of your crust with a fork
- Continue making desired pie recipe and enjoy!