Gluten Free Pie Crust
If you have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant, you may be pleased to know that you can buy gluten free pie crust. There are also gluten free recipes for pie crust you can make, if you prefer a homemade crust. Pie crusts made with gluten free flours do taste a little bit different than pie crusts made with regular wheat flour, but not significantly different. In fact, if you use our Easy Pie Crust recipe below and serve it to people without telling them it’s gluten free, they probably won’t even know.
When baking your own gluten free pies, make sure you check all your ingredients, not just the crust, to make sure they are gluten free. Some pie fillings may contain gluten, for example. Read labels carefully every time you buy something, because manufactures can change ingredients at any time without notice.
Gluten Free Recipes – Easy Pie Crust
This is our favorite recipe for gluten free pie crust. It’s so easy to make and uses only three ingredients.
Blend the rice flour and shortening until a crumbly texture forms. Then add water and work dough with your hands until a soft ball forms. Put the dough in an 8-inch pie pan and press into the sides and bottom. Prick the crust several times with a fork. Bake at 400 degrees for 12 minutes.
Gluten Free Recipes – Cookie Crumb Pie Crust
This pie crust works well with any pie recipe calling for a graham cracker crust.
There are a number of companies that make gluten free ginger snaps, including Kinnikinnick Foods, Mi-Del, and Pamela’s Products. Look for them at your favorite grocery store or health food store. You can also order them online. Of course, you can make your own gluten free ginger snaps as well, if you like.
Put crushed ginger snaps and sugar in a food processor and process until ground fine. Then add butter and process again until moist lumps form. Put the dough in an 8-inch pie pan and press into the sides and bottom. Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.
Gluten Free Recipes – Pecan Nut Pie Crust
This gluten free pie crust works very well for pumpkin pies or other pies with a custard-type filling. It’s also easy to prepare.
Put the pecans in a food processor and process until they are about the size of small peas. Then add the sugar and butter and process again. Put the dough in an 8-inch pie pan and press into the sides and bottom. This crust does not have to be baked before you use it.
Gluten Free Pie Crust Mixes
There are a number of companies that make gluten free pie crust mixes, including Gluten-Free Pantry, Authentic Foods, Gluten Free Mama, Mixes From the Heartland, and ‘Cause You’re Special. Some of these companies also make pie crusts that do contain gluten, so make sure you read the label carefully to make sure you’re purchasing the gluten free version.
Frozen Pie Crusts
You can also purchase frozen pie crusts to use with all your favorite gluten free recipes. Whole Foods makes some, and you may find other brands as well.
There are also companies that make frozen gluten free pies, like Gillian’s Foods, which offers both apple pie and pumpkin pie. They are a nice treat for those times when you don’t feel like baking a pie yourself. Just thaw and serve the pumpkin pie or heat and serve the apple pie.
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