Easiest Pie Crust Recipe (gluten free, whole grain)

This Pie Crust is the Easiest One you'll ever make. Easy. Whole Grain. Gluten-Free Option. Bring on the apples, pumpkin, berries and more. You can have pie in a flash with this crust.

Easy pie crust recipe.

An oxymoron?  No more.

Though I was always kind of in love with baking, I always steered away from pies and such.

The thought of rolling the crust perfectly thin and then getting it into the pie pan without it breaking all over kept me away from pies.

Well, that all changed when I found this super easy pie crust recipe.  I found it in Joy of Cooking years ago.

I’ve gotten quite a few good recipes out of that book.  They typically need some kind of whole foodie or allergy tweak, but the recipe was just what I needed to be able to make pies.  Pies without fear.  Even Gluten Free pie crusts without fear.

Maybe that would have been a good title for this post.

I have always loved baking.

I remember baking all kinds of things as a young girl.  Cookies at Christmastime and baking banana and zucchini breads are two specific childhood memories.  I was a mess in the kitchen (my mom always noticed that I didn’t like to clean up.  Still don’t.  [Creating is soooo much more fun than cleaning, isn't it :-)?])

But no pies.

Until this recipe.

Pat in the Pan Pie Crust.

No rolling.  No super careful, walking-on-eggshell lifting of the oh-so-delicate pastry.

Just mix–drop–form–and you’re done.

A clutsy pie-lover’s dream :-).

Joy of Cooking explains that flaky pastry depends upon developing the gluten in an expert fashion.  (I guess I am not an expert.)  Anyway, pressing the crust doesn’t develop the gluten.  The crust will be crumbly–not flaky–but that’s OK with me.

 

NOTES:

1.  This crust can be used in any size or shape of pan.  I’ve been known to make multiple (umm….8 recipes) of certain family favorites (like pumpkin pie).  I don’t have 8 pie plates, so I will make use 2 pie plates, a few 9×13 baking dishes and whatever else I need to make the math work out pretty well.  See – high school math does come in handy (like when you’re baking in bulk.)

2.  Though this crust doesn’t easily lend itself to making the top of a double crust pie, or a lattice-top (though you could try and it might work kind of), I have rolled it out and made little leaf shapes to decorate the top of a pumpkin pie and it has turned out fine.

3.  If  filling the crust and baking further, brush the crust with a wash of egg yolk, or at least some milk or dairy-free alternative (like my Easiest Almond Milk or Easiest Coconut Milk) before baking.  This prevents the crust from soaking up the filling and sticking to the bottom of the pie plate.  I honestly don’t do this typically as I am too busy and I think just greasing the pie plate would take care of this issue.

4.  Flour choice.  In our gluten-eating days I would use white whole wheat or freshly-ground kamut mainly.  The kamut makes for a buttery-tasting crust.

Since we are now gluten-free, I use my stand-by undefined GF blend.  I use about 1/2 sweet brown rice, and then add in whatever I happen to have on hand.  I like to mix in millet, buckwheat, maybe another rice and some amaranth.  See my Gluten-Free Baking Tips for more info.

Hopefully soon I’ll share our pumpkin pie recipe.  In the meantime, I hope this easy pie crust recipe helps you make whole grain pie crusts with more ease.

And check out Joy of Cooking. I have learned a TON from this book.  It’s one of those “keeper” cookbooks.


Since Christmas is right around the corner – this pie crust recipe should be a pretty handy.  My family asked me to make 8 pumpkin pies next time.  The Thanksgiving ones that I baked (there were 2) were gone lickety-split!

How about you?  What is your favorite pie?

Shared at Diet, Dessert, and Dogs.

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  1. I have used this pie crust for years! If I need a top crust I put the ball of dough between two pieces of plastic wrap and sort of push it into shape. Lift off the top piece of plastic wrap, lift the whole crust with plastic wrap from the bottom, and flip it over on top of the filled crust. Press the edges together if you want to seal it but remember to prick holes in the top to let steam escape. The pie will look more rustic with rough edges but it still tastes good. Then bake as usual. Yum!

  2. I use a similar recipe but use melted butter or coconut oil instead of olive. The taste is much better. I also roll my crust between layers of parchment.

  3. I was just eye-ing that original recipe for Thanksgiving and was concerned to try something unknown for guests. So thanks for posting this! I agree about the whole delicacy of rolled pie crust.

    But I will say, someone gave me a tip a few years ago to roll the dough between sheets of waxed paper. Chill well on a board (I have a cardboard piece just the right size that I keep around), then remove top paper, and with hand spread over it, flip over laying in pan, smooth in place with paper on, then remove paper (or leave on to freeze). I’m willing to do it from time to time now. :) And it works even better for cut-out cookies. Oh, and I have a set of rubber bands I bought once to put on my rolling pin so I can roll the right thickness.

    Still would rather do it this easier way, so thanks!

    • Thank you! So do you use pretty thick rubber bands to make thin rolled crusts or cookies? What a great idea!

      • The set has four thicknesses, from 1/16 to 3/8. The brand is EvenDough by Regency, got them at Bed, Beth & Beyond for $7. I bought them at an all time low for us financially, and so agonized over the purchase. :) But have not been disappointed. I tried at first to do my own version with around the house rubber bands, big thumbs down. Previous, I had been using some plastic strips from a board game, but that was a pain and I gave up. My son wanted to make a gingerbread train last Christmas and this made it SO much easier. And the hillbilly cardboard for chilling the rolled dough, of course. ;)

  4. This is great! I’ve made pie crust ONCE and it was so bad. But I could totally do this!!

  5. Well hey, I’ll take crumbly over rock hard any day! And that’s what I’ve always gotten when I tried oil crust, but this looks to easy not to try! The recipe I usually use calls for cutting in the butter (or chilled coconut oil). It turns out great, but that’s a lot of work lol.

  6. I have a favorite pie crust I use… but this one sounds way easier! Thanks for sharing :-)

  7. Hi Adrienne,

    You’re a genius! This looks sooooo easy (and healthy). I often avoid making pies because, although I LOVE crust, I’m afraid of them. I’m not much of a baker anyway. This crust looks just too easy NOT to try. Thank you, thank you! :-)

    • You’re not much of a baker? Pshaw! Well, your amazing cookies are going to be featured in a post going live in 2 minutes :-). If you have another one please tell me. I might do another post next week. But this one was a pain so not sure. Everything went wrong :-(.

  8. I will have to try this. I usually tell guests that they can tell the pie is homemade…due to the crust!
    Homa Style is having a 12 Days of Christmas link party going on now.
    I would love it if you linked up your pie crust recipe.
    The link is http://homastyle.com/wp/2012/12/01/12-days-of-christmas/

  9. Thanks for the gluten free option. Now we can enjoy pie crust.

  10. Great Pie Crust recipe. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com/2012/12/fabric-covered-can-pen-and-pencil.html
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  11. This looks so easy and delicious! This would be a great post to share at our Meal Plan Monday link-up at http://www.modernalternativekitchen.com! Hope to see you there tomorrow!

  12. Another great recipe. Not surprising, but appreciated nonetheless. :)

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe at the Holiday Heirloom Recipe party today! I shared a pie recipe on my blog today and used a frozen crust for the recipe. My relatives have been coming out of the WOODWORK today to tell me that that is NOT how it’s done! haha!

  14. You’re hilarious! I don’t like pie crusts for the same reason. I love “pat “in pie dough. Brilliant. I also love the Joy Of Cooking. It’s the cooking bible!

  15. Yum! For thanksgiving I made a crust with palm oil and almond flour. That was pretty good too.

  16. I love pat in the pie crust pie crusts! It’s great this is gluten free too :)

  17. I’m seriously intrigued by this pie crust! Could it really be that simple? I’ll have to give this one a try for sure. Featured you today in my round up from the Holiday Heirloom Recipe Party!

  18. Who wouldn’t want an easy pie crust? Not having to roll it out, even better! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  19. I have a pie crust recipe like this, but it used melted butter. I always use it. Just form it in the pan and bake. Usually use for a dutch apple pie.