I do a lot of baking and make a number of pie crusts.  But, I do my crust a bit differently than most.  Rather than using a pastry cutter to cut the butter into the flour, I use a food processor with three ingredients: flour, butter and cream cheese.  The cream cheese adds to the elasticity of the dough when working it before baking yet still yields a very flaky crust.  For one 9″ pie crust, the ingredients are simple:

The Perfect Pie Crust


1 1/4 cu All Purpose Flour
6 t/l Cold Butter, diced
3 oz Cream Cheese, torn into small pieces


Place the flour into the bowl of a large food processor.  Add, butter and flour.  Process until mixture forms a dough, about 30 minutes.  Remove dough, combine any extra bits, and wrap in plastic.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before using the dough.

To see how I roll out and prepare my pie crust, please review the YouTube video below.