four & twenty blackbird

THE BEST HAND-POUNDED PIE CRUST by Emily and Melissa Elsen

 recipe reposted from the article on Four and Twenty Blackbirds at


This recipe makes two rounds of dough, enough for one nine-inch double-crust pie.


2-1/2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 lb (2 sticks) cold European-style unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3/4 cup ice water, combined with
2 tbsp cider vinegar

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a metal bowl. Blend the butter into the dry ingredients, being careful not to overwork the mix. The butter should be in pea-size chunks, not too big, but not completely incorporated. Slowly add the ice-water mixture and bring the dough completely together by hand, so that it holds together when squeezed. Aim to create a marbleized effect, so that the butter is still visible. Divide into 2 discs, wrap in plastic, and chill an hour or more before use.



The Shop:

439 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11215

Corner of 8th street and 3rd Avenue

Park Slope / Gowanus

T (718) 499 2917





Tuesday to Friday: 8am - 7pm
Saturday: 9am - 7pm
Sunday: 10am - 6pm
Closed Mondays



We sell PIE BY THE SLICE in the shop.

We are a very small kitchen with one oven and we make everything by hand. Even the crust.

To order a WHOLE PIE:

A limited number of whole pies are made to order per week. Orders are taken during business hours on a first come first served basis and we can not guarantee availability.

To order a whole pie, please call the shop (718) 499 2917 during business hours (Tuesday through Sunday, Closed Mondays).

We are happy to answer your questions about pie flavors over the phone.

Currently we do not ship our pies.


Our whole pies are priced from $32 – $38. They are approximately 9 inches in size and serve up to 8 people. We are cash only.


Our menu below is seasonal, we use the best fruits in season locally at the time of year. Please see our ingredients page for more information about our products.  You can always call the shop with questions (718) 499 2917




All fruit pies are based on availability of in-season fruit.

Call the shop to find out what fruits we currently have in house!

Salted Caramel Apple  $35

Blueberry $35

Lavender Blueberry  $35

Mixed Berry $35

Strawberry Balsamic $35

Blueberry Rhubarb $35

Rhubarb Crumble $35

Peach  $35

Peach Berry $35

Nectarine $35

Nectarine Berry $35

Stone Fruit Crumble $35

Honey Apricot + Lavender $35


Salty Honey $35

The pies pictured above are apricot ginger, sour cherry and salty honey.