Slice of key lime pie with a food processor pie crust

HOW TO MAKE PIE CRUST IN A FOOD PROCESSOR

Making food processor pie crust is a fast, easy and enjoyable method that saves on manual effort and clean up. Our tips and tricks below will have you making pie crust in a food processor in no time. Learn how to create everything from flaky fruit pie crust to crumbly graham cracker varieties and more.

Pie crust ingredients in a food processor on a kitchen counter

What is the Best Food Processor for Pie Crust?

You can make many types of pie crust in most any food processor using the multi-purpose s-blade that comes standard with most food processors. If your model includes a dough blade, it's a great choice for flour and butter crusts commonly found on fruit pies. 7-cup food processors or larger should give you enough capacity for a standard 9-inch pie. Choose a larger or smaller food processor according to the amount of pie crust you want to make. Of course, it’s always better to have a little extra capacity.

Other features that help when making pie with a food processor include: 

  • A feed tube for pouring in liquids as your dough comes together
  • A dough blade for traditional buttery and flaky pie crusts
  • A Pulse function to ensure you don’t overwork your dough

TIP: Gluten in a flour crust can easily become overworked, resulting in a tough, dense pie dough. Using the Pulse function mimics cutting butter into flour by hand and helps you keep a close eye on your progress so you can stop at just the right consistency.

MAKING PIE CRUST WITH A KITCHENAID® FOOD PROCESSOR

Explore a full lineup of KitchenAid® food choppers and food processors and try your hand at a range of KitchenAid® food processor pie crust recipes or your own favorite recipes.

KitchenAid® 3.5 Cup Food Chopper

KitchenAid® 3.5 Cup Food Chopper

 

A compact option, this food chopper can help make mini pie crusts along with other small jobs. While not big enough for large pies, this is a great option to help create the finishing touches like chopped nuts and crumble toppings for cobblers or Dutch apple pie.

KitchenAid® 5 Cup Food Chopper

KitchenAid® 5 Cup Food Chopper

 

This food chopper is perfect for making Pine Nut Pie Crust for bite-sized quiche appetizers or other smaller portion recipes. Make just enough graham or cookie crust for the bottom-layer of a mouse or cream pie. Both the 5 Cup and the Cordless 5 Cup Food Chopper also come with a whisk accessory perfect for making a fresh whipped cream pie topping.

KitchenAid® 7 Cup Food Processor in Empire Red

KitchenAid® 7 Cup & 9 Cup Food Processors

 

The 7 and 9 Cup Food Processors from KitchenAid are just the right size for most everyday pie crust recipes. The Plus models include a dough blade that can be used when you don’t need to chop or mince ingredients for your pie crust recipe. Try it when making crust for classic Sweet Potato Pie or a flaky hand pie crust that melts in your mouth.

KitchenAid® 13 Cup Food Processor

KitchenAid® 13 Cup Food Processor

 

For larger dishes like a summery Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, opt for the KitchenAid® 13-Cup Food Processor with plenty of room to make both bottom and top crusts or multiple batches all at once. The 13 cup food processor models also come with a dough blade for more versatility.

WHAT FOOD PROCESSOR BLADE DO YOU USE FOR PIE CRUST?

A standard multi-purpose s-blade is great for making pie crusts in a food processor. If your recipe calls for chopping ingredients— like a pie crust made with fresh chopped herbs or nuts— you can use this blade for both chopping ingredients and mixing your pie dough. This is also the best food processor blade for crumb pie crusts that require you to chop up graham crackers, cookies or other ingredients.

Select KitchenAid® food processors feature a dough blade that does not cut or chop, but replicates a hand mixing result. This blunt blade is best for making classic pastry pie crust recipes with your KitchenAid® food processor. This is the type of crust you typically find on fruit pies or savory pot pies and hand pies.

Learn more about food processor blades and accessories along with How to Use a Food Processor in our guide.

HOW TO SET UP FOOD PROCESSOR BLADES TO MAKE FOOD PROCESSOR PIE CRUST

Whether you are using a multi-purpose s-blade or a dough blade, the setup is similar for most food processors.

STEP 1. ASSEMBLE THE WORK BOWL

Follow the instructions for your food processor to attach your work bowl to the food processor base. Select KitchenAid® food processors feature work bowls that click into place for easy, twist-free assembly.

STEP 2. INSERT THE DRIVE SHAFT ADAPTOR 

Most food processors come with a removable drive adaptor that your blades and discs will slide over. Place the drive adapter in the work bowl, onto the built-in drive pin. 

On select KitchenAid® food processors, just lower it onto the drive pin—no need to push or twist.

STEP 3. INSERT THE BLADE

Slide whichever in-bowl blade you are using over the drive adaptor. Some food processors require you to carefully line up the blade with the shaft or twist into place. On select KitchenAid® food processors, you’ll rotate the blade until it falls down to the base of the adaptor.

HOW TO MAKE PIE CRUST IN A FOOD PROCESSOR: CLASSIC PASTRY PIE CRUST

This versatile type of pie crust is right at home wrapped around savory sauteed meats and vegetables, lining a classic pumpkin pie or delicately perched atop a latticed grilled peach pie.

While amounts and exact directions will vary by recipe, the general process for making pie crust in a food processor will be roughly the same.

PASTRY PIE CRUST INGREDIENTS:

To achieve that classic, flaky, melt-in-your mouth texture with a golden finish you’ll usually find a 3-2-1 ratio of flour to fat to liquid.Though quantities and nuances vary, but these standard ingredients are almost always included: 

  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Sugar (if sweet)
  • Butter
  • Cold water
Food processor with dry ingredients and cubed butter for pie crust

STEP 1. ADD DRY INGREDIENTS

Add the flour and a pinch of salt and/or sugar, depending on your recipe, to the work bowl of a food processor fitted with the dough blade. Pulse a few times to aerate your ingredients.

 

STEP 2. ADD CUBED BUTTER

Cube cold butter and add it to the work bowl. Continue to pulse until butter is incorporated and you begin to see pea-sized crumbs.

STEP 3. ADD LIQUIDS

Slowly add cold or ice water in 1 oz increments as you continue to pulse the food processor. You can also run the food processor on low during this step, but make sure to keep a close eye on your mixture so you don’t over-process.

STEP 4. CHECK YOUR PROGRESS

Stop the food processor and use your fingers to pinch the dough. If it easily clumps together, you’re done. If it's still too dry, add more water a little at a time until you achieve the desired consistency.

STEP 5. CHILL DOUGH

Gather the dough into a ball, flatten just a little and wrap it in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for around 30 minutes to an hour, or according to your recipe.

STEP 6. ROLL OUT DOUGH

Roll out your dough on a cool, floured surface. Continuously sprinkle with flour as you roll to avoid sticking.

STEP 7. CUT TO SIZE

Cut your rolled-out pie crust dough to fit your pan and press into the pan according to your recipe directions. If making hand pies cut to the appropriate size, leaving enough room for plenty of your delicious filling.

HOW TO MAKE CRUMB PIE CRUST IN A FOOD PROCESSOR

This type is an easy pie crust for a food processor and only takes a handful of steps to come together. Quickly create moist and crumbly cheesecake crusts, custard pie crusts and more.

CRUMB PIE CRUST INGREDIENTS

There are the types of ingredients you can expect to find in a food processor crumb pie crust recipe:

  • Graham crackers, cookies or wafers
  • Sugar and/or spices
  • Melted butter

STEP 1. ADD DRY INGREDIENTS

Place dry ingredients such as graham crackers, cookies, sugar or spices depending on your recipe into your food processor bowl.

STEP 2. PULSE 

Pulse until your ingredients are a consistent size of fine crumbs.

STEP 3. MIX

Pour mixture into a bowl and drizzle with melted butter or other liquid according to your recipe. Mix until evenly coated.

STEP 4. PRESS INTO PAN

Press the mixture into a pan or dish and bake or chill, per your recipe.

TRY THESE PIE CRUST RECIPES FOR FOOD PROCESSORS

If you’re looking for some pie inspiration, check out yummly.com for some of the best food processor for pie crust recipes. Try this decadent Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse Pie with a chocolate wafer cookie crust. Or get your fruit fix with this Pear and Hazelnut Salted Caramel Pie featuring a graham cracker crust. Add a unique twist to classic apple pie with this Cinnamon Apple Crostata or put pies on the dinner menu with this hearty Beef and Vegetable Pie. Try your hand at buttery, crumbly tart pie crust with a food processor pie crust recipe like a rich Fig Tart or this savory Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tart.

 

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