Wham Bam Pie Crust is the easiest pie crust ever! No rolling pins, no cold butter and no fuss but you still get a tender and flaky pie crust!
THE EASIEST AND FLAKIEST PIE CRUST
I like frozen pie crusts. Many of them are really good these days since many companies have really stepped up the quality of ingredients. But sometimes I want to use my own pie pans instead of the one that comes with the frozen crusts. And sometimes, that rustic look of a totally homemade pie just does something to me. I love the look of an imperfect, golden, flaky crust that has been crimped by my fingers
NO ROLLING PIN, NO COLD BUTTER, NO TRICKS
But I need that crust to be easy to make. This crust is perfect for any one-crust pie. Like my BROWN SUGAR PUMPKIN PIE, SOUTHERN-STYLE PECAN PIEor FARMHOUSE STRAWBERRY PIE. Or even for savory pies like COUNTRY TOMATO BACON PIE. It's called Wham Bam because you don't have to worry about cutting in cold butter or shortening like you do normal pie crusts or add in super cold ice water.
TIPS FOR MAKING THE EASIEST PIE CRUST
There is no rolling out of the dough (unless you really want to.).You stir it together and push it around with your fingers into the pie pan. It takes just a bit of time to spread it all around. But keep in mind, it's the bottom part of your pie crust, it doesn't have to be showcase beautiful. It's very forgiving. But it's also tender and flaky and bakes up to a beautiful golden color. Also, if you can find it, use White Lily brand flour. It is amazing in baked goods!
INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR PIE CRUST: (FULL RECIPE IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)
- all-purpose flour (I prefer White Lily)
- vegetable oil
HOW TO MAKE WHAM BAM PIE CRUST:
In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir in oil and water.
Mix until combined. Then form it into a ball.
Spray your pie pan with nonstick cooking spray. It's not really necessary but I just want to doubly make sure there is no sticking and it makes this dough just a bit easier to spread in the dish.
Now, start pushing down on your ball of dough and begin spreading it towards the sides.
Do as best as you can to evenly pull it up the sides. You'll want plenty of dough up the sides too so you can crimp it at the top edge.
You can even get in there with your knuckles if you need to.
This is very forgiving dough. See that little tear there where I pulled the dough a little too hard?
Just smush around the dough with your thumb or fingers. It'll seal right back up.
Make sure you also press down into the bottom rim of the pan too to spread out the dough and so it's not too thick.
And then you can start to go around and crimp the top edges of the crust.
Now, this does not have to be perfect. I don't know about you, but I like those little imperfections in baking.
It lets folks know you made this all yourself. It's rustic and it's homemade. It should look that way. I used it here for my BUTTER CRUMBLE APPLE PIE. It bakes up beautifully golden and tender and flaky. It makes the perfect base for any of your one crust pies. And even the least-experienced of bakers can manage this easy and forgiving crust.
TO PRE-BAKE: Poke crust with a fork, all over the inside of the crust (so it doesn't puff up too much while baking). Or if you have beans, you can line your crust on top with foil and then put beans inside to weigh it down to keep it from puffing up. Then bake at 400F degrees for about 10-15 minutes (maybe a tad longer). It should be golden in color.
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Wham Bam Pie Crust (+Video)
- 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons water
- In a medium bowl, combine flour and salt.
- Stir in oil and water. Mix until combined.
- Then form it into a ball. It will be thick.
- Spray a standard pie pan with nonstick cooking spray. Put the ball of dough in the middle of your pie dish.
- Start pushing down on the dough ball and begin spreading it towards the sides. Do as best as you can to evenly pull it up the sides. This will take a few minutes
- You'll want plenty of dough up the sides too so you can crimp it at the top edge. You can even get in there with your knuckles if you need to.
- Make sure you also press down into the bottom rim of the pan too to spread out the dough and so it's not too thick.
- Then you can start to go around and crimp the top edges of the crust.
- Once it’s ready, fill with your favorite filling and bake according to your pie recipe directions.
- If you are using this crust in a recipe that calls for a pre-baked pie crust. Before baking, just make sure you use a fork and prick lots of little holes all over the crust. This will keep the crust from puffing up too much while baking.
- Remember, this does not have to be perfect. It’s a bottom-only pie crust.
It's rustic and it's homemade. It should look that way.
“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.
Originally published: September 2012
Updated & republished: October 2019
Hi! Can I use vodka in place of the water? Just chkg since I hear it’s great in crusts...thank u...
Brandie @ The Country Cook
I wouldn’t advise it in this recipe. Vodka is usually used to “dry” out the crust a bit to make it more crumbly & that’s not needed here.
This was easy so I liked that! It looked great out of the oven...used it as the crust for a lemon meninge pie...But it was very crumbly after it was baked....going to give it a try again...
Made it today and so far it looks and baked great.
Brandie @ The Country Cook
Love hearing that! Thanks so much!
Easiest pie crust ever, will definitely make again. Extremely tender/flaky!
Question- could this be used for an 8×8 or 9×13 bottom only crust? If yes, any change to the directions?
Very easy and good.
I haven't mastered squishing the ball of flour. For uniform consistency I roll my ball. It will stick to your rolling pin and counter unless you use plastic wrap.
I made it and loved it. Thanks so much. I have never been good at the messy homemade versions, and won't eat the story bought junk...sooooo I am happy now!
Brandie @ The Country Cook
This makes me so happy to read!!! Yay Kari!
The easiest and best pie crust I have ever had and ever made in my life I put a little bit of butter to grease the pie pan I use this to make a fresh strawberry pie and it's excellent!!!
Brandie, thank you so much for this recipe! I'm a pretty good home cook and baker, but a classic pastry pie crust is something I have never been able to master. I'm not even good with the ready-made pastry crusts that you unroll and drop in the pie plate--even those fall apart! I decided to give Wham Bam a try--it was so easy and it turned out great! I think I will try swapping some melted butter for some of the oil to get that great buttery flavor next time. Love love love it!
Love this recipe and have had great results. I substitute 1/4 cup of melted butter and 1/4 of oil. Just to get a little bit of butter flavor.
Always make my crusts now.