Easy Flaky Gluten-Free Pie Crust is simply magical. You shouldn’t let gluten stop you from enjoying a rich flaky pie crust. This quick and easy recipe will renew your faith in gluten-free recipes!
Easy Flaky Gluten-Free Pie Crust is so delicious. You will question whether it’s really gluten-free. Gluten-free food does not have to be difficult or tasteless. By using a basic gluten-free all-purpose flour blend, you can take all the guess-work out of the recipe.
I have people tell me all the time that making a pie crust from scratch overwhelms them. I am here to tell you that by simply following a few simple rules, anybody can successfully make a flaky pie crust. So let’s begin…
There are two secrets to making a flaky pie crust. First, you need to make sure that the butter and shortening always stays cold. Second, don’t over mix the dough.
It’s also important to have a good pastry dough cutter. Some people like to use a food processor to make their pie crust. I have found that a good quality pastry dough cutter will result in a much flakier crust because you have more control.
Before you start making the pie crust, it is very important that all the ingredients in the recipe are measured and ready to go. This will help ensure that the fats stay cold.
For this recipe I used the Pillsbury Gluten-Free All-Purpose Flour blend. Keep in mind that different blends will result in different textures.
Okay, now that we have gone through all the basics of pie making, let’s start baking!
With love from my kitchen to yours,
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Easy Flaky Gluten-Free Pie Crust
2 1/2 cups of Pillsbury gluten-free all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. of salt
3 tbsp. of sugar
1/4 cup of unsalted butter, chilled
3/4 cup of butter flavored shortening
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
4-5 tbsp. ice water
1. Cut butter into 1 inch cubes. Place the butter, shortening, flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Using a pastry dough cutter, cut the butter and shortening into the flour until it is the size of a peanut.
2. In a small bowl whisk the egg, vinegar, and 4 tbsp. of ice water. Add the liquid to the flour mixture and cut the pastry dough cutter into the dough until the dough starts to come together and the fat is the size of a pea.
3. Lay two strips of 12 inch long plastic wrap over lapping on the counter. Place the dough in the center of the plastic wrap and shape into a round disc. Cover the dough with the plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
5. Unwrap the plastic wrap so that it is spread out on the counter. Roll the dough out into a circle, rolling from the center to the edge until it is about 1/8 inch thick.
6. Place the pie pan upside down in the center of the dough. Holding onto the bottom of the pie pan and dough, flip it over.
7. Press the dough gently into the pie pan. Trim the excess dough from around the pan so that there is a 1/2 inch trim around the edge the pan.
8. Shape the edges as desired. If you are making a cream pie, poke holes with a fork around the inside of the pie dough.
9. Place the pie crust in freezer for 15 minutes. Remove the pie crust from freezer and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until it is a light golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely
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Lucie Bowen says
I already have some shortening at home and I am trying to avoid going to the store again. How important is it to have butter flavored shortening vs. just shortening?
I prefer the butter flavored shortening but it is just a personal preference. Your crust will turn out just fine with regular shortening.
This crust is so good! Thank you ?
Where can I find Pillsbury GF Flour?
I have found Pillsbury GF Flour at most grocery stores. Walmart seems to always have it.
Hello! I’m new to crust making… especially gluten free pie crust, but I’m going to try! What do you mean by cutting the dough and fat until it’s the size of a peanut or pea? Thanks!
Using a dough cutter cut into the butter, shortening, and flour mixture until the butter and shortening is the size of a pea.
michael d ervin says
OMG best gluten free pie crust EVER. I made it to the letter. I love it. thank you so much , I love baking pies. The crust was wonderfully delicious.
What did you do so it wasn’t so crumbly? I always have this issue when baking. I must not use the dough cutter long enough? Please help!
If it is crumbly you can add 1 tablespoon of ice water at a time until it reaches the right consistency. The dough will be a little crumbly. Remember not to over mix the dough either, or you will end up with a tough crust.
Hope this helps!