Made from Scratch Pastry Dough for $3.91

Have a recipe that calls for pastry dough or “pie crust?” Don’t head to the grocery store! Pastry dough is simple, cheap, and tastes better than store-bought crusts. This recipe creates five nine-inch pie crusts. Make this pastry recipe ahead of time and keep balls on hand in the freezer or use in the same day. For an extra flaky pastry, keep all of the ingredients as cold as possible, and don’t handle the dough too much. The total for this recipe (five pie crusts) came out to $3.91!

This recipe is part of our “Feed a Family for $5.55” series. The price of this recipe does not include items from our list of pantry basics.

Made from Scratch Pastry Dough

Prep. Time: 30 Minutes

Makes: Five pie crusts

This recipe makes five, flaky pie crusts perfect for a variety of recipes.


  • 5 cups flour ($1.00)
  • 1 lb Crisco ($2.79)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp (preferably brown) sugar
  • 1 egg ($.12)
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • Cold water


Crack egg in a one cup measure and whisk with a fork. Add 1 tbsp vinegar and enough water to make 1 cup. Place in freezer to cool.

Blend salt and sugar with flour in a big bowl. Using a pastry cutter (or a fork), “cut” (or mash) one pound of Crisco into the flour until crumbly. Pour liquid into a well in the centre of the flour/Crisco mixture and stir until dough just comes together. Flour your hands and roll into five balls. Wrap in cellophane to freeze, or put a ball in the fridge to chill before use.

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