Am I the only one who had a very hard time finding a flaky gluten free pie crust recipe online? I have become spoiled over the years being able to find everything I want through google and this was one of the first times that I was drawing a blank.
I wanted a pie crust that was flaky and rich. Delicious and also simple to make. And that wouldn’t fall apart when I roll it out. For the record, I am not a master pastry chef here. I’m just a girl with a bunch of animals all crowded into my kitchen as I learn to make things from scratch.
No lies, when I made this for the first time I just rolled it out on a cookie sheet and cut into bite-sizes squares; unwilling to waste more pie filling on yet another pastry disaster. It took me completely by surprise when it came out just like “real” pie crust. I immediately ran into the livingroom and made jonny taste some (like 5 times). “Omg its just like real pastry right?!?” “This is like REAL pie crust”. I smeared jams and apple butter all over the squares and we ate it all.
Then I lost the recipe…
Weeks Months went by and I couldn’t find the recipe anywhere. It was on a little hand written note scriblled with weights and measurements and… lost.
So back I went to trying to find the original recipe that I had begun from. Thinking if I found it, maybe I could remember all the changes I made and recreate my masterpiece. I never found the original.
Just last week I was cleaning up my recipes in MyFitnessPal (my calorie counter) and wouldn’t you know that I had logged in the recipe the day Jonny and I ate the whole pie crust. There is was! Found again!! The whole time it was stored on a site I use every…single…day. Hiding in view. I am frustrated but also just very excited I found it. So simple, so perfect.
So before I go ahead and lose it, condemning myself to eating flat, chewy gluten free pie crust for another year I am posting it!
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do and please let me know if you change up the recipe/flour at all, how it works out! Take a look at my Guide to the Perfect Pie Crust too. it is not a gluten free guide but has some interesting points about how to choose which fat to use and how to handle your crust for a desired end texture.
It takes a village to make a gluten free pie crust! So please share your experiences and thoughts. But for the record, I love it just the way it is
This recipe makes one single crust. Double for a top and bottom crust.
- ⅔ cup white rice flour
- 3.5 Tbsp potato starch
- 2 Tbsp tapioca flour
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- ½ cup cold unsalted butter, shortening or lard
- 1 large egg
- Combine all the dry ingredients
- Cut the cold butter into cubes and add to the flour tossing to coat
- Use your hands to break apart the butter into flat disk-like pieces
- Add the egg and lightly knead until just combined
- Pat into a disk, wrap and put in freezer for 15 minutes
- Roll out the dough and use as your recipe calls for
- I like to put in the freezer for another 10+ minutes right before putting it in the oven
You can also make the pie crust and freeze before baking
PS Yes, i used my own homemade pumpkin puree to make my pumpkin pie. Click here to learn how to make your own homemade pumpkin puree from scratch.
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