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Yeast Pie Crust

Are you frustrated rolling out difficult-to-work short doughs? Then try our simple-to-use yeast version. Add your favorite pie fillings, top with streusel topping if desired.
Yeast Pie Crust
Yield 2 pie crusts


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 (0.25oz) package (7g) or 2 1/4 teaspoons Red Star Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter (softened)


  • In stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add 1 cup flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. In saucepan or microwave-safe dish, heat milk, water and oil to 120-130°F. Add warm liquids to flour mixture. Blend on low speed for 30 seconds; beat on medium speed for 4 minutes. Add egg; beat 1 minute.
  • Switch to dough hook attachment. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 to 7 minutes.
    (NOTE: For hand mixing: following above steps, mix ingredients in large mixing bowl using a wooden spoon or dough whisk. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic.)
  • Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after poking dough with finger down to second knuckle, about 1 hour.
  • Prepare streusel topping: Add brown sugar, flour and cinnamon to small bowl; stir with fork to combine. Add softened butter, stir until fully incorporated; set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Generously grease two 10-inch pie plates, set aside. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Divide dough into 2 pieces. Roll one piece into a 12-inch circle to fit a 10-inch pie plate. Press into the pie plate; flute edges. Repeat with second dough.
  • Pour your favorite prepared pie filling into shells. Crumble topping over pie filling.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F, and bake additional 20 to 25 minutes. Serve warm or cold.


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