Sweet And Buttery Sourdough Pie Crust – Traditionally Fermented For A Nourished Diet

The most sweet and buttery pie crust with the added health benefits of fermented grains!


Sourdough Pie Crust has been on my back burner for some time now!

I finally had the time and opportunity to play around with my recipe and develop the perfect sweet and buttery sourdough pie crust. Even though I wish I’d done it long ago, now I can give you a real traditionally fermented pie crust for all your sweet or fruity pies.


A traditionally fermented pie crust with a very buttery flavor and short texture.



The dough is awesome to work with.

The way this pie dough is made is pretty unique. Melted butter is mixed with flour, sugar and sourdough starter. During mixing there is definitely a little bit of gluten development so the dough is extremely easy to roll out and shape. It is not as flaky as my Ultimate Lard Pie Crust but the flavor is all-butter with the added health benefit of traditionally fermenting the grains.

For tips on how to roll out a pie crust and make a perfect pie, please see How To Make The Perfect Covered Fruit Pie, Every Time!



Fermentation: The key to healthy grains!

You know by now that I ferment, soak or sprout all my grains. This is the way humans had been consuming grains for countless centuries before modern times. Come to find out, it’s the way we still should be preparing our grains. The soaking/souring/sprouting process reduces phytic acid and makes the nutrients in grains more bio-available. If you are going to eat wheat, make sure it is soaked, soured or sprouted!



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A traditionally fermented Sourdough Pie Crust with just the right amount of sweetness for all your holiday pies!


This recipe makes two pie crusts, or a top and bottom for a covered pie.

If you only need one crust consider making these tart and jammy Cranberry and Sourdough Pastry Pinwheels with the other half recipe. This has become our new holiday tradition!


These refined-sugar free, tart and buttery Cranberry And Sourdough Pastry Pinwheels are sure to become a holiday favorite!

Sweet And Buttery Sourdough Pie Crust
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
1 d
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins

The perfect sweet and buttery crust for any pie with the added benefit of traditional fermentation.

Course: Baking, Dessert
Cuisine: American, Traditional
Keyword: Christmas, Crust, Fall, Holiday, Pie, Thanksgiving
Servings: 2 Crusts
Author: Butter For All
  • 3 Cups Organic All-Purpose Flour 375g
  • 1 Cup Butter Melted
  • 2/3 Cup Active Sourdough Starter, Stirred Down 166g at 100% hydration
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Sugar 40g of un-refined sweetener of choice
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt 5g
  • 1/2 Cup Sprouted Wheat Flour For dusting
The Day Before
  1. Mix the flour, sugar and salt together in a ceramic or glass bowl.

  2. Add the sourdough starter and melted butter. Mix everything until just combined.

  3. Cover the bowl and let the dough ferment at room temperature for 4-5 hours.

  4. Divide the dough in half and shape each half into a round disk. Wrap each disk and refrigerate for at least 12 or up to 48 hours. Note that the dough will get more sour the longer it ferments.

The Next Morning
  1. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it soften slightly at room temperature. About 30 minutes to an hour.

  2. Preheat your oven to 375°.

  3. Using sprouted wheat flour to dust your surface, roll each disk out into a 12"-14" diameter. Trim the edges and place the bottom crust in your pie pan.

  4. Fill the bottom pie shell with your filling of choice and either crimp the edges or add the top crust. See my post How To Make The Perfect Covered Fruit Pie, Every Time!

  5. Bake the pie at 375° for 15 minutes. Turn the oven down to 350° and continue baking for 45-60 more minutes.  Or follow the instructions based on your pie filling.

  6. Check on your pie after it's been in the oven for 45 minutes. If the crust is getting dark use narrow strips of foil and gently form them around the outer crust to prevent burning. 

  7. Remove the pie from the oven and let it cool before serving.

Recipe Notes

This recipe makes two crusts or a top and bottom crust. Once the dough has been fermented overnight in the refrigerator it can be frozen for future use.


A properly prepared, Sweet And Buttery Sourdough Pie Crust made by traditionally fermenting the raw wheat flour with sourdough starter.





  1. Iris

    I am interested in the free information about knowing about the sour dough starter.
    I tried the fermentation and feel like I got that part rt but not really sure about the bread rising correctly. I have it in my oven I turn the light on for a few hrs then turn it off to help rise. Help!!😊

  2. Janine Hoffart

    I am loving your recipes and have been looking for a pie crust made from sourdough so I am excited to try this one but I have a question I am hoping you may be able to answer; I am vegan so was wondering about using coconut oil or olive oil in place of butter?

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