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Whole Wheat Pie Crust

in quick and easy whole grain dairy free gluten free overnight guaranteed classic

Author: Gwen Adams

Whole Wheat Pie Crust Recipe

This pie crust is flaky, tender, easy-to-handle, and whole wheat! White whole wheat gives you all the health benefits of traditional whole wheat, with a milder taste.

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At a glance

single crust for an 8" to 10" pie
Nutrition information


Choose your measure:

  • 1 1/4 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 tablespoon buttermilk powder or nonfat dry milk powder, optional for tenderness
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons ice water


  1. To make the crust: Whisk together the flour, buttermilk powder, sugar, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the shortening, working it in until the mixture is evenly crumbly.
  3. Add the butter to the flour mixture, and work it in roughly with your fingers, a pastry cutter, or a mixer. Don't be too thorough; the mixture should be very uneven, with big chunks of butter in among the smaller ones.
  4. Sprinkle the orange juice over the dough and toss to moisten. Add ice water a tablespoon at a time, mixing until the dough is nearly cohesive. If you grab a handful, some of it will hold together, but some will crumble away.
  5. Scoop the mixture out onto a piece of parchment or waxed paper, and flatten it out a bit. Take a spray bottle of water, and spritz the dry parts with the water.
  6. Using the parchment or waxed paper, fold the dough over on itself — first from one side, then from the other. You'll find that the dry crumbs are becoming incorporated with the cohesive dough. If there are still dry areas, spritz them with additional water, and fold the dough in on itself again. Keep folding and gathering until just a few dry crumbs remain unincorporated; this should only take a few folds.
  7. Shape the dough into a disk about 1" thick, and refrigerate it for 30 minutes or longer; this rest period allows the flour to absorb the water, making the dough easier to roll out.
  8. When you're "ready to roll," remove the dough from the fridge. If the dough has been refrigerated longer than 30 minutes, let it rest at room temperature for 10 to 15 minutes before rolling, to allow the butter to soften up a bit.
  9. Roll the dough to the size needed (about 12" to 13" for a 9" pie). Place it in a pie pan, and refrigerate it while you prepare your filling. Fill and bake as directed in your recipe.
  10. Yield: one crust for a single-crust pie.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 (45g)
  • Servings Per Batch 8
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 180
  • Calories from Fat 110
  • Total Fat 12g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 15mg
  • Sodium 170mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 16g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Protein 3g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.