Gluten free pie crust can be used to make all sorts of delicious gluten free recipes. If you love flaky pie crust, this recipe will become a staple for you. There is a dairy-free option too!
When I went gluten free, I worried I would miss all of my favorite things. There were not many gluten free products in the stores, so I had to learn (often the hard way) how to make things.
I am happy to say this is the only gluten free pie crust recipe you will ever need because this easy gluten free pie crust is great for making both sweet and savory pie recipes.
This gluten free pie crust makes one crust. Double it if your recipe requires a top crust. You can use this single pie crust to make delicious galettes like this gluten free plum galette.
If you are looking for pie-filling ideas, don't forget to check out this list of 50+ gluten free pies!! There is a pie for every diet: paleo, whole30, keto, and vegan!
How can I use gluten free pie crust?
Use it for a gluten free quiche, cream pie, or a gluten free fruit pie? This easy gluten free pie crust recipe is PERFECT in this Gluten Free Asparagus Goat Cheese Tart recipe. You can also use this flaky pie crust for quiche recipes!
Making gluten free pastry with rice flour and other gluten free flours can be tricky! If it has been a long time since you enjoyed gluten free pastry, give this gluten free flaky pastry recipe a try.
- I used Cup4Cup for this recipe because it makes pie crust so flaky. I also tested this recipe using Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour Blend and King Arthur's Measure for Measure Gluten Free Blend. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours and I can not guarantee the recipe will work if you use other mixes.
- Xanthan Gum - If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain xanthan gum or guar gum, please add 1 teaspoon. Xanthan gum is what holds your pie crust together so it doesn't fall apart.
- Butter - You want to use very cold butter. If you are dairy-free, use dairy-free butter.
Check out my fun gluten free pie crust web story too for more tips.
Step by step recipe instructions:
Step 1: Put your dry ingredients into a large bowl. Whisk to blend.
Step 2: Add cold butter chunks and cut them into the flour. You will want your flour to resemble crumbs or small chunks of butter throughout.
Mix your dry pie ingredients and use a pastry blender to cut the butter into the flour. These tiny pieces of cut butter are what make your pie crust so flaky and delicious.
Tip: Make sure the butter is really cold before cutting it into the flour. Cold butter makes your pie crust flakier!
Step 3: Pour in your wet ingredients into the dry ingredients cut with butter and mix. Time to get your hands dirty! Use your hands to blend in until you have a firm gluten free dough ball.
Step 4: Place the pie dough between two sheets of wax paper and roll in a circle shape.
Step 5: Remove the top piece of wax paper. (Tip: Keep the wax paper on one side of the crust dough so that you can transfer it to your pie pan easier!)
Step 6: Position the dough over your pie pan. Pinch the edges (you can see how to do this in the video!)
Step 7: Use a fork to poke a few holes in the crust to vent the air. Bake at 350º F for 15 minutes if you are adding filling and baking more, or 30 minutes if you are putting in a cream non-baked filling.
*If you are filling your pie with fruit or baked filling with a pie crust top, add your filling, top crust, then bake the pie according to directions.
Make pie crust fancy!
You can also make your pie crust fancy! Here I am weaving a lattice-style crust top so the juicy baked apples will show through! I have a recipe with full instructions to weave the crust in my Gluten Free Apple Pie recipe.
Grab your favorite cookie cutter and make a statement with the top crust! I used stars for the 4th of July. You can use any shape or size of cookie cutters. The full directions are in my Gluten Free Mixed Berry Pie post.
What are other types of gluten free crusts?
If you don't like to roll out the dough and make a pie crust this way, there are lots of other easy gluten free pie crust styles you can try. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Gluten free graham cracker crust like this one in my No-Bake Nutella Cheesecake recipe.
- Raw coconut and almond crust like in my No-Bake Yogurt Tarts
- Gluten free cracker crust as I used in my Gluten Free Quiche recipe.
Expert tips and recipe FAQ:
Yes, absolutely! This pie crust freezes very well. Just defrost, fill with your favorite filling, and bake.
When baking gluten free, I find that you need to pre-bake your pie crust a little before adding the filling. I bake this pie crust at 350º F for 10-15 minutes. Remove the pie crust from the oven and add your fruit or another pie filling. You can make a top crust, or bake as is to cook the filling in.
Even though there is a lot of butter in this pie crust recipe, I like to use a light oil spray to lightly coat the pie pan. This is just extra caution to prevent the pie crust from sticking to the pan.
Heat can cause all sorts of mischief when you bake. Pinch the edges of the dough in a design. Use a fork to make steam holes on the bottom. These steam holes prevent your crust from bubbling and puffing up in a weird way.
I like to roll my pie crust dough and then when I think I am close to the size of the pan, I will hold the pan up to the dough circle. You want the dough to be rolled out and big enough to go up the sides, and to have a little extra to pinch along the outer edges.
Now your pie crust is ready to fill to make your gluten free pie! Don't forget there is a dairy-free version of this homemade pie crust too!
If you love pecans, you must try this homemade gluten free pecan pie recipe. It is amazing with this crust!
Turned out beautiful! Finally a pie crust I can move from counter to pan without it falling apart! Didn’t need more than ¼ c water either. Highly recommend this recipe!!!"Reader A Wilson
This is my go-to gluten free pie crust. My whole family loves it. I've used it for pot pies, blueberry pie, pumpkin pie, hand pies and even for gluten free pop tarts."Pinterest user Twisted Enchantment
Lard works very well instead of butter in this pie crust recipe.Reader Alicia P
This recipe rocked!!! I don't have a pastry knife, so I just used a fork. Comes together fast and tastes delicious. This will be my new go-to!!"Lucy
Gluten Free Pie Crust Recipe
- 1 ½ cups gluten free flour blend * see note
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 9 tablespoons butter * see note
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ cup water +1 to 3 additional tablesppons
- Preheat the oven to 350º F.
- In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter until it is in tiny pieces.
- In a small bowl, add wet ingredients and mix.
- Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix. Use your hands to make a dough ball.
- Place the dough ball onto a piece of wax paper.
- Top with another piece of wax paper and use a rolling pin to roll flat in a circle shape.
- Remove the top piece of wax paper. Place the dough dough side to the greased pan and drop in. Remove the top piece of wax paper.
- Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and fill the crust with sweet or savory filling. Bake an additional 25 minutes.
- I have tested this recipe with King Arthur Measure for Measure GF, Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 GF blend, and Authentic Foods Multi Blend. That doesn't mean others will not work, I just have not tested other flours.
- If your gluten free flour blend doesn’t contain Xanthan Gum or Guar Gum, please add 1 teaspoon.
- To make this recipe dairy-free, substitute the butter for vegan butter.
- These pie crust will keep up to 4 days in an air-tight container, or up to 4 months in the freezer.
Nutritional information is an estimate provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the actual nutritional information with the products and brands you are using with your preferred nutritional calculator.
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