Yesterday I announced the Thanksgiving theme for this monthsGo Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free. As promised today I am SO excited to share my contribution to the event. I developed this recipe for the Cookbook Iris Higgins and I currently have underway. This recipe was one of the personal monumental feats. I can’t help but share this one book recipe as I feel confident it may bring an enormous amount of happiness to anyone that chooses to make it. I sent this recipe out to a number of testers earlier this week and have received fantastic feedback- so I’m confident in its workability. They all reported that this was the easiest gluten free pie crust recipe they have ever worked with. That the dough did not crumble when transported. With thanksgiving quickly approaching- I felt silly making those interested in the recipe wait until after the holidays when the book is available.
Remember Marie Calendar Pot Pie’s? Thats what this crust tastes exactly like
There are a few things you should know before beginning the recipe. I need you to forget all that you know about making crust. For the pastry chef’s out there.. this Flaky Pie crust does not require chilling, docking and all the other fancy techniques normally involved. This recipe is simple- keep it that way and you will have fantastic results. Using the exact flours that I have called for is key.
* Please note that Sweet Rice flour is different than rice flour. It can be found at most grocery stores. I purchase mine from a local Asian Grocery store. There is labeled as “glutinous rice flour”. Despite its confusing title- it is 100% Gluten Free. Also note- that using brown rice vs. white in the recipe will result in a better golden brown color once baked.
If you are sensitive to corn- Try spectrum’s butter flavored Shortening! It works great and will give more flavor than the unflavored shortening. Also, to avoid corn opt for Guar Gum instead of xanthan.
I make this crust in my food processor- you may also make it by hand, though it may need some extra kneading. Usually with butter crusts you have to be careful not to overwork the dough, as you will lose the flakiness. That is not the case with this recipe- it can be heavily worked and still yield gorgeous and delicious flakes. In fact I prefer to overwork it as this makes it easy to transport onto the pie plate.
Flaky Pie Crust
1 ½ Cup Sweet Rice Flour
¾ Cup Brown or White Rice Flour
¼ Cup + 1 TBS Potato Starch
1 Tsp Salt
¼ Tsp Xanthan or Guar Gum
14 TBS (1 ¾ Stick)
(at room temp. Butter and Bacon Lard will yeild a more flavorful crust)
2 Large Eggs (Cold or at room temp.)
¼ Cup cold water.
Egg Wash: 1 Egg + 1 TBS water whisked together.
- Combine all the dry ingredients (Sweet Rice Flour, Rice Flour, Potato Starch, Salt and Xanthan Gum.) in the bowl of a food processor.
- Add the room temperature butter. Cut in by pulsing the machine until the butter is cut into small pea sized pieces.
- Adds Eggs and Water. Process until it becomes thick dough. * Dough should be soft and easy to work with- if needed add up to 1 additional TBS of cold water. (The amount of water will range depending on the brand of flour that you select).
- Roll dough out on a sheet of parchment paper topping both the top and bottom with additional Sweet Rice Flour as needed to prevent stick.
- Roll the parchment onto itself (like you would cinnamon roll dough) and then unroll into the pie plate.
- Brush with Egg wash.
- Bake at 375 degrees 25-30 minutes until slightly golden.
Yields 2 Crust’s (Enough to make the top and bottom of 1 pie) Crust can be filled with any filling prior to baking. Or Pre-baked before filling.
* Be sure to roll out and place the dough into the pan promptly after making it. As it sits it will begin to dry out and become hard to work with. Keep dough covered. If dough begins to dry out knead in a little extra water a tsp. at a time.
*Today I am going to request that no one asks me for alterations. This crust needs the 2 eggs, and it needs the flours I have suggested. Changing any of these things will give you results that I can’t assure will be any good. *
I’m working on a grain free crust for the holidays as well which I will be posting soon. Hopefully.. I’ll manage to cover everyone’s needs. * If you can have grains but need to avoid eggs check out some of my other pie crust recipes. They are not nearly as flaky- BUT they are also incredibly easy to work with and delish!
Remember that all the Go Ahead Honey Submissions are due to me by Nov. 19th! (For more details on this read here)
Happy Holiday Season!
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