3 Ingredient Pie Crust (with olive oil)

Mediterranean 3 ingredient pie crust, prepared with olive oil instead of butter (vegan). Healthy, quick alternative to traditional homemade pie crust that is super flaky, rich and delicious. No food processor needed.


Today we are making a no fuss (vegan) super quick pie crust that can also be used as quiche base. Its flaky, easy to work with and very scrumptious. Personally, I rarely buy pie crust from the store, simply because it has a number of ingredients that I do not see as healthy. Instead, I opt for this simple (takes really 10 minutes to make) olive oil pie crust. Let me show you how it’s made.

When it comes to making homemade quiche (like this Greek -style Spinach Feta Quiche) this olive oil crust is my go to base. I have not bought quiche base in years.

Ingredients & Substitutions

  1. Flour – Italian type 00 flour (or all purpose unbleached flour) – please note that you can use whatever flour you have, however you may need to adjust the water content slightly.
  2. Olive oil – organic extra virgin olive oil (if possible) gives it that flaky deliciousness.
  3. Water – cold water preferably, or lukewarm.

How to make a pie crust?

Preparing this 3 ingredient pie crust is super easy. By hand: add flour and water in a large mixing bowl. By mixing with your hand slowly add oil and knead until a soft, oily dough is formed (approx. 5-6 min). Alternatively, place all ingredients in a bread machine (dough program) or kitchen robot and knead until all ingredients are well incorporated. Roll out and use. Yup, it’s that easy. My personal preference is the kitchen robot:

1st: Combine all ingredients. Knead with dough whisk until ingredients are fully incorporated and smooth. Approx. 3-5 min in mine.

2nd: Using your hand, or roller even out the dough in the pie base. Pierce with fork to avoid it getting soggy. Pre-bake or use as is for a quiche per se.

How long to prebake pie crust?

This pie crust can be prebaked if the filling is one that cooks rather quickly. This olive oil pie can be pre backed for around 10-15 minutes (preheated oven, 180C/360F).

To pre bake the pie, prepare as described, then cover pie with parchment paper (that is perforated too) and add a handful of chickpeas or beans on top. That way during baking the pie will cook evenly on each side. Once removed from the oven, set aside and continue with your pie recipe of choice.

Please note, whenever I make quiche and use this basic recipe I do not prebake it – simply because I do not see a difference in taste and texture.

3 Ingredient pie recipe with olive oil in pie dish

3 Ingredient Pie Crust (with olive oil)

The European Dish
Easy, homemade flaky pie crust that requires only 3 ingredients. Mediterranean style pie crust with olive oil and no butter, this crust is my go to when making a variety of dishes. Suitable for quiche base too.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Pre-bake 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Servings 6 people


  • 1 pie dish (23 cm/ 9 inch. -or max. 32 cm/12 inch for quiche) for pies and quiche


  • 200 g type 00 flour (or all purpose) (1.6 US cup)
  • 80 ml extra virgin olive oil (1/3 US cup)
  • 60 ml cold water (1/4 US cup)


  • In a large mixing bowl add flour and water, then kneading by hand slowly add olive oil. Knead until you get a soft, homogenous dough.
  • Alternatively, add all ingredients in bread machine/kitchen robot and knead until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Divide by leaving 1/3 of dough for pie crust on top. Roll out the dough (by hand/or with pizza roller) into pie base and sides. Pierce with fork to avoid soggy base. Use right away (for quiche base) or pre-bake as per below.
  • If you choose, you can pre-bake the pie crust. Place in pie dish, then cover with perforated parchment paper. Add a handful of chickpeas of beans (dried) on top to ensure equal baking. Prebake in preheated oven (180C/360F) for 10 minutes. Then, let cool and use as per pie recipe.


Depending on the type of flour you use, you may need to adjust quantities slightly. Just add flour or water tbsp. by tbsp. 
The recipe is suitable for 23 cm/9 inch pie dish
The recipe is suitable for a quiche base (quiche dish max. 32 cm/12 inch). 
Keyword Mediterranean diet, olive oil, pie crust, quiche, vegan
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1 Comment

  1. Allie
    December 12, 2023 / 11:37 am

    5 stars
    This dough is great for quiche Loraine. It turned out good for dinner.

4.88 from 8 votes (7 ratings without comment)

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