Historians trace the humble pie’s origins to the Greeks, who are believed to be the creators of the first pastry shell, which they made by mixing water and flour.
The first pies were mostly meat pies, or “pasties,” and made with fowl. Fruit pies or tarts are thought to have been first made in the 1500s in England — and we credit the first cherry pie to Queen Elizabeth I.
Pie crust has come a long way since then, but one thing is for sure — we’re grateful for the doughy shell that holds in all of our pie’s rich, sweet goodness! Here’s how you can make one of your own.
Pulse the flour and the salt in a food processor until combined.
Add in butter and shortening and mix until a crumble forms.
Slowly pour in water and blend until a paste forms.
Take out your dough and form it into a ball.
Cover it in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 30 minutes to overnight.
Cut the dough ball in half and roll it out to fit a 9-inch pie plate. Evenly press the dough into the pie pan.
Some of Thanksgiving.com’s best pie recipes
Now that you’ve mastered how to make homemade pie crust, you need to put those skills to good use! Here are a few of our best pie recipes to get you started. From apple to pecan, chocolate to pumpkin, you’ll get some good practice with these classic recipes!