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Cornmeal Pie Crust

Morsels of Life - Cornmeal Pie Crust

I had someone ask me about the crust I made for the Tomato Pie from yesterday, so I thought I'd go ahead and write a post about it. Like the standard pie crust (pâté brisée), this crust uses all butter. Real butter - none of that fake stuff around here! However, to provide a bit more bite or crunch, some of the flour was replaced with cornmeal. I opted to use some corn meal since I thought it would make the crust have a texture more suited to Tomato Pie as opposed to Apple Pie, which I think would go better with the standard pie crust (pâté brisée). Then, I threw in some Parmesan cheese for just a hint of flavor. I figured you put enough cheese into the Tomato Pie filling, so just a bit in the crust ties it all together.

Cornmeal Pie Crust
A crisp, buttery crust well suited for savory dishes, like Tomato Pie or Pot Pie.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Yield: 8 servings


  • 1 cup flour (I used half whole wheat and half white.)

  • 3/4 cup cornmeal

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup butter, chunked

  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

  • 4 tablespoons ice water


  1. Pulse all materials (except water) in food processor until reasonably homogeneous.

  2. Drizzle in water until dough can barely come together.

  3. Squeeze dough together and refrigerate, allowing the water time to equilibriate.

  4. Roll out dough and place into pie plate, then poke small holes in the crust.

  5. Bake at 350F until crisp.

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  1. carolinaheartstringsAugust 25, 2011

    Great post. This pie crust would make a great base for all kinds of ingredients. Come over and visit us. We have a wonderful chicken and dumpling recipe today.

  2. your blog makes me hungry! :-) Thank you so much for visiting my blog - I am here to return the favor :-)

  3. Thanks for stopping by! Feel free to try out some of the recipes too. :)

  4. Thanks! I'm thinking this corn meal pie crust is going to be my new "go-to" crust for things like Chicken Pot Pie. Your Chicken and Dumplings also look great! Perfect for the upcoming cold weather. :)