World's Best Apple Pie (The Crust)

Adapted from Joy of Cooking

As told to Clem Nilan by Hamilton Davis. Click here for the Filling Recipe!

Prep Time

90 minutes

Cook Time

30 minutes


8 Servings


2 1⁄2 cups flour, all-purpose
1 teaspoon sugar, white
1⁄2 cup flour, whole wheat pastry
16 tablespoons butter
1⁄3 cup water


To make the crust:
Mix together dry ingredients in a large bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces and add to bowl. Using a pastry blender or two knives, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and a few pea-sized pieces remain. Drizzle with ice water and stir. If you can't form a ball with your hands, add 1-2 Tbs. more ice water. Divide the dough in half, press each half into a round flat disk, wrap tightly in plastic or wax paper, and refrigerate.