You can’t judge a book by its cover, but you can judge a pie by its crust. This is hands-down the best pie crust ever, adapted from my mother-in-law Mary Jane’s recipe. It’s buttery, rich, flaky and unforgettable. You can make the dough, wrap it, and freeze for baking later.


  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 3/4 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (3 1/2 sticks)
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 extra-large egg


  Combine the flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry blender, food processor, or your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse meal.
  Whisk the vinegar, egg, and 1/2 cup of ice water together and mix into the flour mixture with your hands until just combined.
  Transfer to a clean work surface, and gently press to form a dough. Divide the dough into 4 equal parts. Shape each into a ball, flatten slightly to form a disk, and wrap in plastic. Chill for at least 1 hour. Roll out as indicated in your recipe.


Feel free to use salted butter. If you do, skip adding the 3/4 teaspoon salt.

Mary Jane was given the original version of this recipe by a friend while living in San Diego and adjusting to life as a new mom with a husband at war. I often think of her when preparing this dough and can only imagine what a challenging time it must have been for her. Yet somehow, she still made time to bake pies. I love that.

Images by Thayer Allyson Gowdy


Stay-at-home mom, Serena Thompson, dreamed of creating a fun and happy little event to sell her vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, she and some friends held the first event in her neighbor’s barn. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today the event fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces filled with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best vintage & handmade fair in the country. Serena describes it as the happiest on earth.