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Gluten Free Pie Crust
So it’s Thanksgiving next week. For me and for a lot of people, Thanksgiving means two things: turkey and pie. For the gluten free folks, pie is a problem. But it doesn’t have to be; I have a fantastic pie crust recipe. I haven’t changed a thing about this recipe since I found it the year I learned I needed to eat gluten free. I’ve tried other recipes, but come back to this one. It’s the best I’ve found.
The only thing I ever modify is to split the butter into half butter and half shortening for a flakier crust, since oils with different melting temps help make crust layers. I’m sharing it the way I found it, though, with attribution. I believe the original web site is long since defunct, but this recipe was a source of hope for me in a dark time. I’m forever grateful.
This picture here is that recipe, with a butterscotch crumb apple pie in it, but it works for any sort of pie you like. I’ve used it pre-baked and unbaked, for sweet and savory pies, and it’s never disappointed. I have pre-made and frozen the dough, packed it in a suitcase, and rolled it out at my destination.
- 1/3 cup brown or white rice flour
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1/3 cup tapioca flour
- 1 Tablespoon sugar
- 1/3 cup potato starch
- 1/3 cup (5 Tablespoon) butter
- 1-½ Tablespoon corn starch
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/3 teaspoon salt
- ½ to 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Have eggs and butter cold for best results. Combine flours, starches, salt, xanthan gum, and sugar into a mixing bowl. Cut cold butter into slices and then work it into the flour mixture with hands or a pastry cutter until the dough feels slightly moist and begins to hold together.
Add the beaten egg and vinegar to the flour mixture and stir with a spoon or fork until it begins to stiffen. The dough will be quite soft at first but will firm up. As it firms up, form it into a ball and work it a little with your hands. Use a little tapioca flour if necessary to keep your hands from getting sticky.
Roll the dough out between two pieces of wax paper, turning and peeling off paper as necessary to smooth out wrinkles. Leave the paper on the pie dough to turn it. When it is ready for a pie pan, peel the top layer of paper off, hold the lightly greased pan over the dough, and slip your other hand under the bottom paper and dough. Lift it into the pan as you flip it all over.
Smooth the dough into the pan before removing the wax paper. Again peel it off; dont lift it off. Crimp edges as desired. Prick with a fork if a baked pie shell is desired and bake at 350 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.
Double the ingredients for a two-crust pie. Dont attempt to fold the top pie crust. A two-crust pie will bake one hour or a bit longer.
This recipe comes from Lifeline, Summer 1996, pg. 5. It is Lily Mae Pattens recipe.