Gluten-Free pie crust (single crust)
GF pie crusts are notoriously hard to roll out. This one rolls out
so well - with a little care. It's sturdy and deliciously buttery. As with a lot of all butter crusts, it's not quite as flaky as a crust that is shortening-based, but I personally prefer the taste. The crust will seem too wet at first, however gluten-free flour tends to be thirsty and will absorb some of the liquid during the refrigeration time. This recipe was adapted from Pie by Ken Haedrich which is a must-read for pie enthusiasts.
*Note: You can use 1/4 cup shortening and 1/4 cup butter for a flakier crust – I like to do this for a lattice top.
1 1/2 cups Josie’s Best Gluten Free Muffin and More mix
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, slightly frozen (or a least very cold)
1 egg yolk
1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
scant 1/2 cup cold water
In a medium bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Grate (yes, grate like cheese) the butter into the dry mixture. Gently work the butter in using your fingers or a pastry blender, until incorporated with some chunks of butter remaining.
Add the egg yolk to a small bowl, and add the vinegar and cold water. Mix well.
Drizzle two-thirds of the wet mixture over the dry mixture and mix with a fork until just barely incorporated.
Gently form in a ball and place on plastic wrap. The dough should be wet and fairly sticky and form easily into a ball. If not, add the rest of the liquid mixture.
Gently press into a disc and wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
Refrigerate for about 1 hour. If the crust has been refrigerated for longer than one 1 hour, allow to warm slightly on the counter before rolling out.
When ready to roll out, place a large piece of parchment paper down first. Lightly dust parchment with Muffin and More mix. Place pie crust on the parchment, lightly dust with more mix and then top with an additional piece of parchment paper.
Gently roll out dough to the desired size.
Remove top layer of parchment and place pie tin (upside down) on top of rolled out the crust. You are then going to gently flip the pie crust over so it ends up in your pie tin. I like to slide mine off of the counter, using the parchment, so I can get my hand under it and ease it into the pie tin.
Once the crust is in the pie tin allow it to settle into the tin and very gently remove the top parchment layer. The crust may tear at this point, but you can easily patch it with extra crust before baking. Bake your pie as you usually would.