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Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipes

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Updated November 09, 2010

If you need a gluten-free pie crust, you have a variety of options. You can make your own gluten-free pie crust from one of the recipes below or from a gluten-free cookbook. You can make your crust from a mix. My personal favorite is the Gluten Free Pantry's Perfect Pie Crust Mix. One box makes enough dough for four crusts, and the extra dough freezes very well and defrosts easily. If you live near a Whole Foods store, you might be able to find a ready-made frozen gluten-free pie crust (or ask your local store manager to special-order one for you).

When I've made gluten-free pie crusts, my friends have not been able to tell the difference from a regular crust, and I'm sure you'll have a similar experience. Here's why gluten-free pie crusts can taste so good. Gluten makes dough "doughy" and helps it to rise. (Read more in tips for baking with gluten-free flour.) Pie crusts are not meant to be doughy -- they should be tender and flaky instead, which means that "regular" pie crusts have much less gluten than breads or cakes. Therefore, it's easier to compensate for a lack of gluten. Pie crust doughs have a lot of shortening and only a small amount of liquid, and they are mixed only enough to combine the ingredients.

Here are several gluten-free pie crust recipes for you to try.

  • Gluten-Free Pie Dough / Tart Crust
  • About.com's Guide to Gluten-Free Cooking says, "This buttery, tender gluten-free pie dough is akin to shortbread. It can be used for all types of pies or for savory tart and quiche fillings."

  • Gluten-Free Gingerbread Crust
  • According to our Guide to Gluten-Free Cooking, "This delicious, versatile recipe for gluten-free gingerbread dough can be used to make pies, gingerbread cut-out cookie dough, graham crackers and even holiday gingerbread houses."

  • Pecan Nut Pie Crust
  • About.com's Guide to Low Carb Diets writes, "This is a great pie crust, particularly for pumpkin pie, but it can be used for other custard/pudding fillings. It really helps to start out with pecans from the freezer, because then the butter blends through but quickly sets up so the 'mass' is pliable."

  • Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe
  • About.com's Guide to Vegetarian Food provides directions for making a homemade gluten-free pie crust using just three simple ingredients: shortening, rice flour, and cold water.

  • Gluten-Free Cookie Crumb Pie Crust
  • This one's right here on the About.com Celiac Disease site. It's one of the easiest gluten-free pie crusts to make, especially if you use store-bought (or mail-ordered) gluten-free cookies.

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