Looking for a flaky, all-butter pie crust that handles easily? Greek yogurt is the secret ingredient in this simple but tasty and flaky pie crust.
Have you ever opened your oven to find a misshapen, melted, or just plain ugly pie crust?
I know the feeling.
I’ve watched a few too many all-butter pie crusts melt inside the pie pan. I was used to my traditional crust recipe with shortening which holds its shape pretty well if you don’t stretch it.
A few years ago, I ran across a crust recipe in a magazine (remember those?) calling for sour cream in addition to butter. This gave me an idea.
“The acid in the sour cream slows down the development of gluten (the structure-forming protein in flour), which makes for a more tender and flaky crust.”The America’s Test Kitchen Family Baking Book
What if I replaced the sour cream and water with yogurt?
It worked. I think you’re going to love the result!
Why yogurt makes a pie crust flakier:
Turns out the acidity of the yogurt acts the same way vinegar or lemon juice does in some recipes. The yogurt also replaces water as a binder. A touch of sugar and an egg yolk increase the richness and encourage browning.
I don’t totally understand it. but the yogurt seems to work magic. You will be rewarded with a crust full of layers and flavor.
This crust is particularly good with fruit pies. Also pecan pies. I prefer a more traditional crust with custard pies or anything with a delicate texture.
Although I use my own homemade unflavored yogurt, this recipe also works with store-bought regular nonfat yogurt, vanilla flavored nonfat yogurt, and nonfat Greek yogurt.
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If you use Greek yogurt that is VERY thick, thin it with a bit of milk before measuring.
Can I freeze this pie crust?
Yes. Freeze for up to 3 months. Double wrap to avoid freezer burn.
No need to defrost before baking.
How to make the flakiest pie crust with Greek yogurt:
How to roll out pie dough:
How to blind-bake this crust:
Freeze prepared pie crust while you preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
When baking this pie crust, always place it on a rimmed cookie sheet covered with foil or a silicone baking mat. The cookie sheet will catch any buttery drips that might otherwise fall to the oven floor and burn. The foil will make clean-up a breeze.
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- 1-1/4 cup (5 ounces) all-purpose, unbleached flour
- 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup (1 stick, 4 ounces) cold, unsalted butter
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/4 cup unflavored Greek yogurt
- Add flour, sugar, and salt to your food processor bowl. Pulse a couple of times to mix.
- Cut butter into 8 pieces and add to bowl. Pulse 5-10 times to cut in butter. You want an oatmeal-like texture with several pea-size lumps of butter.
- Whisk the egg yolk and yogurt together in a separate small dish. Add all at once to the flour. Pulse until all particles are barely moistened. You're going for a shaggy mess that will hold together if you squeeze it between your fingers.
- Dump the dough onto a big piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic wrap up around dough. Press gently to form a smooth round patty approximately an inch thick.
- You could wrap and chill the dough at this point but I find it unnecessary and even more difficult to roll out when dough has been fully chilled. Besides, I usually don't have time to wait, so I work quickly before the butter can soften.
- Using a well-floured (rub flour into the cloth with your fingers) pastry cloth (or large linen-like tea towel) and pastry sock-covered rolling pin. Roll out pie dough to a diameter about 1-1/2 inch larger than your pie plate.
- Place a 9-inch pie plate upside down on the dough and flip the dough into your pie pan using a pastry cloth to hold on as you invert dough.
- Peel pastry cloth off the dough and carefully fit dough inside pan being careful not to stretch it. If dough sticks to cloth, use a knife to carefully loosen it and lightly dab with flour to repair.
- Trim crust about a half-inch past the rim of your pie plate. Turn under any excess dough so it is even with the side of the plate. Form decorative edge as desired. (If the dough seems too soft to work with, refrigerate until firm.)
- Wrap well and freeze until hard--about 30 minutes or longer--up to a month.
How To Make Pie Crust with a Stand Mixer:
- Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, combine flour, sugar, and salt on low speed for 5 seconds.
- Cut butter into 8 pieces (no more) and add to flour. Mix on low speed for about 45 seconds. (I count it off).
- Whisk egg yolk and yogurt together in a separate small bowl. Add all at once to the flour.
- Mix on low speed for 12-15 seconds. All particles should be barely moistened but not yet coming into a ball. You're going for a shaggy mess that will hold together if you squeeze it between your fingers.
- Dump the dough onto a big piece of plastic wrap.
- Take the palm of your hand and slide it face-down from the middle toward the side of the pile to smoosh the crumbs together and flatten out the big pieces of butter. Work your way around the pile until dough is smashed into one big flat clump.
- Fold plastic wrap up around dough, pressing gently to form a smooth round patty approximately an inch thick. You could wrap and chill the dough at this point but I find it unnecessary and even more difficult to roll out when dough has been fully chilled.
How To Blind-Bake (no filling) Greek Yogurt Pie Crust:
When ready to bake, remove from the freezer and snugly press a piece (or two) of non-stick aluminum foil or parchment paper to the inside of the pie crust. Fold the edges of the foil carefully over the decorative edge to protect from over-browning. Although you could fill the pie crust with beans, rice, or pie weights, I prefer to use chain-link sold by the foot at hardware stores.
Bake in a preheated 375-degree oven for 25-30 minutes. For a partially baked crust, carefully remove foil and weights, and allow to cool.
If you need a fully baked crust, continue baking the crust (uncovered) for 8-10 minutes longer or until golden brown.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274 Total Fat: 24g Saturated Fat: 15g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 85mg Sodium: 142mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 3g
Updated and republished October 2019.