Flakiest Pie Crust – Bon Appetit’s Pie Crust

This is Bon Appetit’s pie crust, in fact, their “Flakiest Pie Crust”, one of the recipes we tested as part of our YouTube video series investigating 3 different ways of making pie crust.  It is super simple – only a handful of ingredients and a bowl, bench scraper, and a rolling pin.   You can make this easily at home.

Our comparison videos

Here is part one of the two-part series.  I go through each recipe up to the point of rolling out and baking:

In part two, I roll out each recipe and give commentary on how easy each recipe is to work with.  Finally, I bake and taste each crust and share my feedback.

Here’s the recipe in print.  In writing it down, it seems more complex than it actually is.  Check out the part 1 video above for the quick and easy method for bringing this crust together.


Flakiest Pie Crust – Bon Appetit

5 stars (3 ratings)
Recipe by: Patrick Jaszewski
Category: dessert
Cuisine: French, American


30 minutes
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (135g) flour
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick (4 oz/113g) butter, frozen
  • 3 tablespoons ice water


20 minutes
10 minutes
Ready in
30 minutes
  1. Whisk flour, sugar, and salt in medium bowl
  2. Cut butter into about 8 chunks and add to bowl, toss to coat
  3. Turn bowl out onto clean surface
  4. Work butter into flour mixture with rolling pin, scraping surface and rolling pin as needed with bench scraper
  5. Once the dough starts to form long, thin sheets, return to bowl and add ice water. Toss to coat.
  6. Return dough to surface for rolling again
  7. Roll out several times until dough holds together well and looks fairly uniform
  8. Form into a disc with a diameter of approximately 4-5 inches and cover with plastic wrap
  9. Rest in refrigerator for 1 hour, up to 4 days (or frozen for 3 months)
  10. Roll out rested dough into a circle and transfer to pie plate
  11. Bake as needed following appropriate recipe for the filling


Recipe for a single 9 inch pie crust - double as needed for multiple pies or double crusted pies.

Nutrition information

Serving Size: 1/8th of pie crust (30g)
Calories per serving: 159
Fat per serving: 11.61g
Saturated fat per serving: 7.28g
Carbs per serving: 12.24g
Protein per serving: 1.73g
Fiber per serving: 0.4g
Sugar per serving: 0.36g
Sodium per serving: 236mg
Trans fat per serving: 0g
Cholesterol per serving: 30mg

I present Bon Appetit’s pie crust recipe as conveyed by their YouTube channel. One thing I noticed was that the recipe on their website also included apple cider vinegar.  The assumption is that the vinegar adds some complexity an maybe some extra browning during baking like with the sour cream added to the Milk Street recipe.

In the version I recorded I didn’t test the vinegar, but Bon Appetit tests their recipes well, so I’m sure it’s delicious.

Tasting and lessons learned

I really like the flavor of this crust.  Compared to America’s Test Kitchen and Milk Street, I found it to taste the most buttery.  Very nice flavor and flakiness.  I also love how not a lot of equipment is needed to bring the crust together.  No need to haul out and later clean a food processor.  But it does require just a bit of muscle and patience when working the dough out the first time.

Bon Appetit’s pie crust a good, simple recipe to have in your arsenal for making excellent pies.  We used it in James Beard’s pumpkin pie and couldn’t have been happier with how it turned out.

Patrick Jaszewski @pjaszewski

Culinary Tyrannosaurus, passport stamp collector, home cook, pilot, strength enthusiast, bilingual, coffee roaster, recovering homebrewer. Committed to DIY ethic. Minnesota native transplanted in Pennsylvania. Thunderbird MBA Alumni and Golden Gopher. Undyingly positive and open minded. Drives Jill crazy by questioning everything.

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