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Stir-N-Roll Pie Crust

If making pie crust makes you crumble, try this one!  It’s perfect for sweet or savory pies and is my favorite for apple pie. I use it for Rita’s Pumpkin Pie too, which is the only way I make my Thanksgiving  pumpkin pies.

Now to the pie crust. I rarely see a pie crust made with oil. Butter, lard, shortening, or a combination of those fats are usually cut into flour then carefully blended and chilled, which isn’t difficult but keeping the mixture cold and not over-mixing is important. A simpler recipe I learned from my mom when I was a youngster is Stir-N-Roll Pie Crust from the Betty Crocker Picture Cookbook. Vegetable oil is the fat, so if you like to avoid saturated fat, this is the crust for you. It’s light and flaky, plus it’s half the amount of fat compared to a typical pie crust. And it’s EASY, the way we like it at GetCookingSimply! Just don’t make the dough ahead and refrigerate. My friend Brooke who writes a food blog from London did that to get ahead on her Thanksgiving baking last year. The dough gets too firm and is un-rollable. I was lucky she didn’t phone me in frustration at 2 am pacific time!

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Apple Pie with Stir-N-Roll Crust

Makes one double crust 9-inch pie

For the crust:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup choice of canola, sunflower or vegetable oil
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon table salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg

For the filling:
9 cups (~3 lbs) thinly sliced apples, peeled or unpeeled – choose a combination of sweet and tart apples
3/4 cup granulated sugar (or part brown sugar)
3 Tbsp all-purpose flour (add 2-3 Tbsp more if apples are very juicy)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp  ground ginger, optional

Click for Step-by-step photos of the instructions below

  1. Stir dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. Measure oil and milk together in a glass measuring cup. Add all at once to the flour; stir lightly and quickly with a fork, just until flour is completely moistened.
  2. Shape into a ball with your hands. Cut in  half with a knife.
  3. Lightly dampen a smooth work surface so that a square sheet of wax paper will stick. (Wax paper works best) Place one half of dough on paper, place second sheet of paper on top and flatten dough with hand.
  4. Roll from center of dough towards edges until dough is an even thickness (about 1/8 inch) and about 1 inch wider than diameter of the pie dish.
  5. Remove top sheet of wax paper. Lift by holding bottom sheet and invert over dish.
  6. Gently lift and set dough firmly against dish, smoothing any air bubbles. Save scraps that might tear from edges for patching later.
  7. Combine filling ingredients and place in dish, arranging apples so they are slightly compacted.
  8. Roll second crust and invert over filling. Pinch and roll top and bottom edges together, tucking firmly onto rim of dish. If dough cracks, mend by pressing together or adding a scrap of dough.
  9. Cut vents in top for steam to escape. For a slightly crunchier sweet crust, brush lightly with milk and dust with granulated sugar. (But not for savory pies!)
  10. Bake at 400°F about 1 hour until golden brown and juices are bubbly. I suggest placing a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack below the pie to catch any juices.
  11. Cool slightly before serving or serve at room temperature. Best enjoyed the same day, or reheat second day before serving.


Wax paper is key to rolling the dough. I’ve tried plastic wrap and parchment, neither work well.

If you prefer less liquidy pie juices, sprinkle the bottom crust with a scant tablespoon instant tapioca before adding the apples.

This post in Simply Recipes has great tips on baking apple pie and many other delectable pies.

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  1. Dorothy
    Posted November 15, 2018 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I’ve used canola oil for pie crust for years and it is always tender, flaky and healthier too.

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted November 15, 2018 at 8:40 pm | Permalink

      Wow Dorothy! You are possibly the first person to ever tell me that! Did you and Mom compare pie crust notes when you were our neighbor xx years ago? So good to have another canola oil pie crust comrade 🙂

  2. Posted November 15, 2018 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Can’t wait to try this crust again for my Thanksgiving pecan pie. It is so easy to make that i won’t worry about making it ahead and chilling again! Great pictures, by the way.

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted November 16, 2018 at 9:57 am | Permalink

      Oh good! Be sure to use wax paper (can you get it?) not parchment for rolling. Let me know how it works out for you ‘across the pond’!

  3. Posted November 16, 2018 at 2:25 pm | Permalink

    So… I can use this for the bottom crust of two pumpkin pies. Does it matter if the pie dish is 8″ or 9″? Deep dish or shallow? Will there be enough dough?

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted November 16, 2018 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

      Rita – the recipe makes two crusts for one double crust pie or two singles. It fits a regular 9-inch pan best. I’ve used it for deep dish but the edge crimping is skimpy and a little difficult to work with. For a deep dish sometimes I measure the oil and flour a tad generously and then it works out.

  4. Jane Rubey
    Posted November 16, 2018 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ladies,
    I just received the inaugural edition of Milk Street, Christopher Kimball’s newest publication with “best” recipes. He uses cornstarch in his pie rust. Supposed to be easy to roll, et.. I can’t do it as I am allergic to corn, but it looks interesting.

    • Rosie's Kitchen
      Posted November 16, 2018 at 6:09 pm | Permalink

      Hi Jane – What else is in Kimball’s crust? I wonder if you could use rice flour instead of the cornstarch?

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