hello there! First time visiting? Subscribe to get new posts via email.

No Rolling Press-in-the-Pan Pie Crust

This recipe is for those of you who are like me and are a bit “challenged” when it comes to making a homemade pie crust. This recipe couldn’t be easier, because there is absolutely no rolling involved! Simply mix and use your hands to press in the pie pan.

 
This is the easiest pie crust ever! No rolling, just press the dough into the pie pan.
 
If you’ve been around here long enough, then you know it’s no secret that homemade pie crust has never been high on my priority list. Don’t get me wrong– I like to eat a good homemade crust as much as the next guy. But making one??
I’d rather poke my eyeballs out. Anyone else?
I can usually make the dough okay, that’s not really the problem. But when it comes to rolling… that’s where I get myself into trouble. My crust cracks and splits every. single. time. And it drives me INSANE. So, when given the option, I typically resort to Pillsbury. And I’m fine with that. NBD.
Until I’m working on a project that needs a pie crust and there is no way I’m going to the store with my two kids in tow during rush hour traffic/almost dinner time/witching hour. THEN it’s a big deal!
Enter: the lazy man’s fool-proof, no rolling required, press-in-the-pan pie crust. So whether you’re in a pinch and just can’t get to the store for a pre-made crust, or whether you’re one of those folks who really does care that your crust is made from scratch… listen up! This recipe is for you :)
This is the easiest pie crust ever! No rolling, just press the dough into the pie pan.

Easy peasy instructions about to happen. Ready?

Into a large mixing bowl goes the flour, salt, and oil. Mix, mix, mix until you have crumbs (like the picture on the left below).

This is the easiest pie crust ever! No rolling, just press the dough into the pie pan.

Add two tablespoons of cold water, and mix some more until you have bigger, more stuck-together clumps of dough. Like this:

This is the easiest pie crust ever! No rolling, just press the dough into the pie pan.

Use your hands (or one hand if you happen to also be juggling a camera in your other hand, like I was) to form a disc with the dough .

This is the easiest pie crust ever! No rolling, just press the dough into the pie pan.

Place the dough disc in a deep dish pie pan. Press the dough out and up the sides of the dish with your fingers. If it cracks a bit, that’s ok. You’ll smooth it out as you go.

This is the easiest pie crust ever! No rolling, just press the dough into the pie pan.

This is the easiest pie crust ever! No rolling, just press the dough into the pie pan.

Voila! You’re ready to go! You can either pre-bake it now if you are making a no-bake pie filling. Or go ahead and fill it and bake according to the pie recipe instructions.

I’m always in charge of the chocolate pecan pie at our Thanksgiving, so that’s what I’ll be using my crust for :)

This is the easiest pie crust ever! No rolling, just press the dough into the pie pan.

Enjoy! And don’t stress about the pie crust, because now you have a secret weapon in your belt: this amazing press-in-the-pan recipe that tastes amazing and homemade because IT IS.

In summation: you win at life.

Press-in-the-Pan Pie Crust

This recipe is for those of you who are like me and are a bit "challenged" when it comes to making a homemade pie crust. This recipe couldn't be easier, because there is absolutely no rolling involved! Simply mix and use your hands to press in the pie pan.

Ingredients:

1 1/3 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1/3 cup vegetable oil

2 tbsp cold water

Directions:

Mix together the flour, salt, and oil until crumbly. Add the cold water, and mix until big clumps form.

Use hands to shape dough into a disc. Place dough in pie dish and press to spread dough evenly in dish and up the sides.

Fill and bake as directed in pie recipe. Or prick bottom of crust and bake at 475ºF fir 10-12 minutes for a pie needing a pre-baked crust.

Have you made a Something Swanky recipe? Post it on Instagram and tag me @somethingswanky or use the hashtag #somethingswankyrecipes. I’d love to re-post!

Be sure to also follow me on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, and in the Something Swanky Dessert Recipes Facebook group!

This is the easiest pie crust ever! No rolling, just press the dough into the pie pan.

Wondering what you should put inside this amazing pie crust? Here are a few suggestions:

Slutty Brownie Pie

Slutty Brownie Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

Chocolate Cream Pie

Pumpkin Cream Pie 

Pumpkin Cream Pie

Pecan Pie

Pecan Pie Recipe

Snickerdoodle Chess Pie

Snickerdoodle Chess Pie

More Pie recipes here.

Be sure to check out my All Things Pie Guide too!

All Things Pie Guide!

Ashton Swank

Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.