Making gluten free pie crust can be a hassle, so while you're at it, make a large batch for the freezer. You'll love pulling out a bag of this tender, flaky crust mix and being able to whip up a pie, tart, or quiche quickly with no mess. (Skip to recipe.)
What to do?
I love eating pie and quiche, but I hate making gluten free pie crust. It's a pain to get out all the flours and fiddle with the lard and shortening. I can usually find ways to talk myself out of making pastry and we sadly go without the delicious pie I've been craving.
When you grow up in a big farm family, everything is prepared in huge batches. Raising our own four kids was no different - monster batches of food to feed the hungry hordes of teenagers and friends. So why didn't I think of making my gluten free pie crust in large batches before? Duh . . .
Now that I've started making big-batch gluten-free pie crust mixes for the freezer, we can have pie any time the urge strikes. This crust turns out wonderfully tender and flaky every time. The dough is easy to work with, and because it contains a high ratio of whole grain flours (oat and sorghum), it adds a good dose of healthy fiber to a dessert or quiche. (I'm good at justifying.)
To make the big batch, I just pull out four mixing bowls and since I've got the bags of flours and ingredients out anyway, it doesn't take much more time to multiply everything by four.
I add the cubed lard and butter, then mix it to coarse lumps with a pastry blender.
Then I freeze each batch in a ziptop freezer bag, labeled with the ingredients to add when mixing.
Each bag makes two crusts, either for a double crust pie, or if I only need a single crust I make the two discs of dough - use one and wrap the other one to keep in the fridge for up to two weeks for another pie.
Roll out the pie dough between two sheets of parchment paper. See this post for special tips and photos of how to mix and roll out a gluten free pie crust.
Carefully peel off the top sheet of paper, then invert the crust and bottom paper over the plate, carefully peel off the other layer of parchment and ease the crust down into the pie dish. Gluten free pie crust dough is very forgiving and you can patch any holes or thin spots with scraps of overhanging dough.
Trim off the edges.
Then fill the pie and roll out the other disc of dough to add the top crust. Or for a single crust pie, crimp the edges. I like to build up the height of the pie a bit by using the scraps to roll into thin ropes, then pressing the ropes onto the crust edge to form a ridge. I then crimp this raised ridge.
To prebake the pie crust before filling, prick it all over with a fork.
Chill it for 30 minutes, then bake at 425°F for 10 to 12 minutes. This gluten free pie crust sticks to the pan so well it doesn't need to be weighted down with pie weights or dried beans to bake, like regular pie crust does.
So . . . . let's get started.
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Kitchen Frau Notes: To make up this gluten free pie crust mix, I like to use one tablespoon of vodka, as I think it makes a more tender crust, but you can easily leave it out and just use an extra tablespoon of water - change the directions to use 3-4 tablespoons water.
With some batches (I don't know why - flours differ) I end up having to use an extra tablespoon or two of water before the dough comes together and starts clumping.
You can also just use the measurements for a single batch below, if you don't want to make a big quadruple batch.
Quadruple Batch of Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix
In total you will need these ingredients to make four batches (which make 8 single crust pies or 4 double crust pies):
- 4 cups (400gms) oat flour (you can whiz rolled oats in a blender to make flour)
- 3 cups (400gms) sorghum flour
- 2 cups (280gms) sweet rice flour
- 2 cups (240gms) tapioca flour/starch
- 1 cup (160gms) potato starch (not flour)
- 4 tablespoons sugar (helps the dough to brown)
- 4 tablespoons (40gms) psyllium husk powder or 8 tablespoons (40gms) whole psyllium husks
- 4 teaspoons xanthan gum
- 5 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 pound (454gms) cold lard
- ½ pound (1 cup/228gms) cold butter
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To make the four (or more) separate batches of gluten free pie crust mix, set out four (or more) mixing bowls (use pots if you don't have enough bowls).
Into each separate bowl, measure:
- 1 cup (100gms) oat flour (you can whiz rolled oats in a blender to make flour)
- ¾ cup (100gms) sorghum flour
- ½ cup (70gms) sweet rice flour
- ½ cup (60gms) tapioca flour/starch
- ¼ cup (40gms) potato starch (not flour)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 tablespoon (10gms) psyllium husk powder or 2 tablespoons whole psyllium husks
- 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1¼ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
Whisk these dry ingredients together in each bowl.
Then, into each bowl add:
- ½ cup + 1 tablespoon (¼pound/114gms) cold lard (¼ of a 1-lb package of lard), diced
- ¼ cup (57gms) cold butter, diced
Use a pastry blender or two butter knives to cut the lard and butter cubes into the flour until they become coarse, pea-sized lumps.
Transfer the contents of each mixing bowl into a separate freezer bag on which you have labeled:
"Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix"
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- 1 tablespoon vodka or water
- 2 – 3 tablespoons cold water
Mix just enough to combine. Divide into two flat discs. Roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper.
Makes 2 crusts.
Freeze the bags of premixed Gluten Free Pie Crust for six to nine months. They mix up best when very cold but not solidly frozen, so allow to defrost at room temperature for 15 minute or defrost the mix in the refrigerator overnight. You can keep the bags of mix in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, if you don't want to freeze them.
The dough can be mixed by hand or in the food processor.
Some batches of flour absorb more water than others, so when making up the dough, if you've added the 3 tablespoons of water and your pastry dough still doesn't come together, keep adding water about ½ a tablespoon at a time until the dough just comes together when you squeeze a handful. Knead a few more times until it forms a rough ball.
*To make the pie crust mix dairy-free, use all lard, or use dairy-free margarine instead of butter.
*To make the pie crust mix egg-free, use a chia egg (1 tablespoon ground chia seeds soaked 5 minutes in 3 tablespoons water) instead of a regular egg, when preparing the crust.
Yield: Makes four batches of Gluten Free Pie Crust Mix, enough to make 8 single pie crusts or 4 double crust pies.
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