This Gluten Free Pie Crust recipe is easy! Check out these step by step instructions and learn how to make homemade pies without gluten.
If you've cut gluten out of your diet or want to accommodate gluten free guests this year keep scrolling to learn How To Make Gluten Free Pie Crust!
Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and I've found myself dreaming of pies. There is a kind of art when it comes to baking pie - Choosing the variety to make, rolling out the dough, and crimping the edges. Almost nothing makes it feel more like fall than a pie baking in the oven.
There's just one thing - I no longer eat gluten. I was freaking out a little bit a few months ago at the prospect of having to go through a holiday season without pie.
I've done some experimental gluten free baking and am realizing that it's different than the regular baking process. The blend and brand of flour produces varying results, sometimes extra steps and baking time is required, and the consistency of everything is just a little...different.
I am by no means a baking (or gluten free baking) expert but there was NO WAY I was giving up pie this holiday season. I played around, made some mistakes, and came out with a gluten free pie crust that looks (and more importantly tastes) like regular pie crust.
- How To Make Gluten Free Pie Crust
- Incorporate The Butter and Flour With A Pastry Cutter
- Add Eggs To The Pie Crust
- Why Does Gluten Free Pie Crust Need Eggs?
- Roll The Gluten Free Pie Crust
- Why Bake The Gluten Free Pie Crust First?
- A Few Things To Remember About Gluten Free Pie Crust
- Gluten Free Pie Crust (How To Make)
How To Make Gluten Free Pie Crust
I thought that baking a gluten free pie crust would be just like baking a regular one.
I attempted to tweak my time-tested regular pie crust recipe by swapping out the regular flour for GF flour and expected everything to work out perfectly. WRONG! It turns out that making that simple swap resulted in a crust that literally crumbled in my fingers.
I did a little research, uttered some swear words, and gave my rolling pin a workout. A few additional steps need to be followed in order to produce a crust that looks and tastes like crust and not a pile of broken dreams.
- This recipe starts out like a regular pie crust: Combine 3 cups of your favorite gluten free flour blend (I used Cup 4 Cup for this recipe) and ½ tsp. kosher salt in a mixing bowl.
- Add 2 sticks of cold unsalted butter to the bowl. (You can cut the butter into smaller pieces or leave it whole).
Any brand of gluten free flour blend should work just fine when making this pie crust. The flour blend contains all of the ingredients that help it mimic a traditional All-Purpose Flour.
Incorporate The Butter and Flour With A Pastry Cutter
The next step differs in no way from a regular pie crust.
Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry cutter. This is a great way to get your aggression out!
Basically just jam that pastry cutter into the butter until the mixture looks like sand or coarse crumbs. This takes a few minutes but after too long that butter will be entirely incorporated into the flour.
Add Eggs To The Pie Crust
- The next step is to add some liquids to the flour and butter mixture. In a separate small bowl combine 2 eggs, ⅔ cup COLD water, and 2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar.
- Mix the liquid ingredients until completely combined.
- Pour the egg mixture into the flour mixture a little at a time using a wooden spoon to combine them. The flour should absorb all that liquid and result in a dough that's a bit stickier than a traditional pie dough.
Why Does Gluten Free Pie Crust Need Eggs?
Gluten free flour has no gluten - Nothing to help it stick together. The eggs act as a binder and keep that crust in one piece!
Why Does Pie Crust Use Vinegar?
In a regular pie it's supposed to prevent the formation of gluten resulting in a more tender crust but if there's no gluten does it matter?
I don't have a good answer other than it's what I've always done and have been happy with the results.
Roll The Gluten Free Pie Crust
This Gluten Free Pie Crust makes 2 pies.
- Divide the ball of pie dough in two, form each portion of dough into a disc, wrap them in cling wrap, and stick them in the fridge for 15 minutes to chill.
- It's always best to chill any pie crust so that the ingredients stay cold.
- Once the dough is chilled remove one of the dough rounds and get ready to roll it out.
Roll The Crust Between Two Pieces Of Plastic Wrap
A gluten free pie crust requires an extra step here: The dough must be rolled between two pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper in order to keep it in one piece and make it easier to transfer to the pie pan.
- Lay some plastic wrap on a clean surface, sprinkle it with flour, place the dough on top of it, sprinkle more flour on top of the dough, and then place a second piece of plastic wrap on the top.
- NOW you can roll it out with a rolling pin. Roll it slightly larger than the pie pan.
When the dough has been rolled out to the correct size remove the top layer of plastic wrap.
Lift the dough and place it on top of your pie dish. Carefully peel the second layer of plastic wrap off the dough. If you have sprinkled enough flour on the plastic wrap it shouldn't stick.
Now just press the dough into the pie dish and mend any tears with extra dough from the outer edges.
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Why Bake The Gluten Free Pie Crust First?
Baking the crust helps to firm it up, which is important because the flour contains no gluten. Gluten helps to hold pies together and skipping the parbaking process may cause the pie to become soggy.
Crimp the edges, press them down with a fork, or design them any way you like. I like to go rustic with my pies which means I just jab it with my thumb until it looks something like a normal pie and call it good (this is the rustic foodie, after all).
- ONE more step needs to be taken before all is said and done. Gluten free pie crust doesn't have as much structure as a regular pie crust so it needs to be baked BEFORE adding any of your pie ingredients.
- Simply pierce the bottom with a fork 10-12 times (this will keep it from bubbling up as it bakes) and bake it in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. Remove the pie crust at that point.
If you've ever made a regular pie crust with AP flour you can see that a gluten free pie crust is a bit trickier.
Just remember that pie crust does NOT have to be perfect! You don't need any fancy decorative touches - A pie crust is functional.
Pie dough is very forgiving - Simply try again if it doesn't work the first time. Add more flour to the surface if it sticks and mend tears as needed.
A Few Things To Remember About Gluten Free Pie Crust
- There is no gluten so a binder such as eggs need to be used in order to keep it in one piece.
- It's important that the ingredients are cold and that the dough is chilled before rolling out.
- Roll the dough between two pieces of plastic wrap or wax paper and transfer it to the pie dish that way to prevent it from falling apart.
- The bottom of the pie needs to be pierced with a fork and baked for 15 minute at 350 before adding any other ingredients. This will ensure that the pie crust is firm enough to hold other ingredients that are added to it.
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Gluten Free Pie Crust (How To Make)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut the butter into the flour using a pastry cutter. The mixture should resemble coarse crumbs when this step is complete.
- In a small bowl combine 2 large eggs, ⅔ cup cold water, and 2 tsp. vinegar. Mix until completely combined.
- Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture a little at a time using a wooden spoon to combine. Continue until all of the egg mixture has been added and a dough has formed. The dough will be a little sticky.
- Divide the dough in two. Form each portion of dough into a disc, wrap in plastic cling wrap, and place in the refrigerator. Chill the dough for at least 15 minutes.
- After the dough has chilled remove it from the fridge. Place 1 layer of plastic wrap or wax paper on a clean surface. Sprinkle it generously with GF flour. Place the dough on the plastic. Sprinkle the top of the dough with more GF flour. Place another layer of plastic wrap on top of the dough.
- Roll the dough out with a rolling pin. Roll the dough roughly the size of the pie dish.
- Remove the top layer of plastic wrap, turn the dough over, and place (dough side down) into a pie dish. Carefully remove the second layer of plastic wrap being careful not to tear the pie dough.
- Tuck the pie dough into the dish, mend any tears in the dough, and crimp the edges with your fingers.
- Pierce the bottom of the pie dough 10-12 times and place the pie crust in the oven. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove when finished and then continue to prepare your pie recipe as directed.