A Savoury Pie Dough Recipe to Add to Your Arsenal

This pie dough recipe is the secret to delicious, crowd-pleasing savoury pies and quiches.

Our savoury pie dough is another one of our cooking hacks. By eliminating sugar and adding a small amount of black pepper, you get an equally flaky, delightful pie crust that pairs better with savoury pies.

(Related: A Go-To Recipe for Sweet Pie Dough)

Savoury Pie Dough

Makes two 10-inch (25 cm) shells 


  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon (5 mL) kosher salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) vegetable shortening 1/3 cup (75 mL) cold water


  1. In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the flour, pepper, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add the shortening 1 tablespoon (15 mL) at a time, until all of the shortening has been added and the mixture is crumbly. Add the water and continue mixing on low speed until the dough comes together and is smooth, almost like a paste.
  2. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured work surface. Lightly knead the dough, about 1 minute, until it pulls away from the floured surface. Divide it into 2 equal portions. Shape the dough into 2 discs and wrap each tightly in plastic wrap. If making a half batch of dough, shape the dough into a single disc and wrap tightly in plastic wrap. Place the dough in the fridge to chill for at least 1 hour.
  3. Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 weeks. If using from frozen, thaw the dough in the fridge overnight before using it.

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Excerpted from Earth to Table Bakes by Bettina Schormann and Erin Schiestel. Copyright © 2021 Bettina Schormann and Erin Schiestel. Photography © 2021 Maya Visnyei Photography. Published by Penguin Canada, a division of Penguin Random House Canada Limited. Reproduced by arrangement with the Publisher. All rights reserved.

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Originally Published in Best Health Canada