Gluten-Free Pie Crust Recipe

Use this gluten-free pie crust for all your gluten-free quiche and pie needs, both sweet and savory. It is a buttery soft and flaky pie crust that’s wonderful and can also be used for quiches and bars.

This elegant recipe is about to be your new favorite go-to gluten-free pie crust recipe that is super simple to make and handy to have around. It is a divine staple crust recipe to use for simple pies, tarts, and quiches, and adds a beautiful addition to any table. I hope you celebrate every holiday, pumpkin pie, fruit pie, and crumble with this gluten-free pie crust! Be sure to also check out our paleo pie crust recipe as well!

Why this gluten-free pastry crust works

  • Gluten-free, buttery, soft, and flaky! – One thing about gluten-free pie crusts are you do not want to end up with a rubbery crust that is hard to the touch or is crumbly and dry. There are a few tricks up my sleeve to teach you how to successfully make the best gluten-free pie crust! This recipe has been tested over and over again to assure it turns out soft.
  • Dairy-free optional– if dairy is problem, this is a super tasty pie crust that works fantastic using vegan butter.
  • This makes a lot of crust for thick edges – This pastry makes a 9-inch pie crust with an extra thick edge. Or use any leftover dough to create cut-out designs on the top of a pie. Make two if you are making an apple pie or lattice pie. It is really handy to have on-hand a second pie crust to whip together a chicken pot pie one night and a quiche recipe on another busy night!

What goes into this recipe

Here is what you need to get started: egg, apple cider vinegar (this activates gluten-free dough and makes them more fluffy), chilled water, gluten-free flour blend of choice ( I suggest Bob’s Red Mill- without dairy, or Cup-4-Cup -which does contain dairy), sugar, xanthan gum, baking powder, salt and butter. Vegan butter or ghee can be used if you have a dairy-allergy.

How to make gluten free pie crust from scratch

STEP 1: In a small bowl whisk together the egg, water and vinegar.

STEP 2: In another bowl combine the gluten-free flour, sugar, xanthan gum, salt, baking powder and mix to combine. Add in the chilled butter cubes.

STEP 3: Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut the butter into the flour until it forms a fine crumb about the size of a pea.

STEP 4: Pour in the egg mixture and using a fork mix together quickly to form a dough. Use your hands quickly if needed, but you do not want to dough to get warm. If the dough seems dry, add 1 tablespoon at a time of chilled water.

STEP 5: Form the dough into disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or overnight before using. This chills the dough and sets the flavors.

STEP 6: To use the gluten-free pie crust, roll it out on lightly floured parchment paper into a 13-inch round. The circle won’t be perfect, that is ok. If you get tears in the dough, patch it up with extra dough from the sides.

STEP 7: Either transfer the dough from the floured surface to the center of a 9-inch pie dish, or leave it on the paper and gently flip it upside-down over the dish. If it is sticky, set the dough in the refrigerator for 15 minutes before separating from the parchment.

STEP 8: Using your hands, roll the edges under and crimp in 1-inch increments. Use as directed in the individual recipe. If there is extra dough, use it for designs on top of a pie.

Expert tips

Cold crust is key. Keep the butter, water and eggs as cold as possible. Chill the butter in the freezer for 10 minutes prior to cooking if using vegan butter as that tends to be softer. Add the butter direct from the fridge and use water that is chilled with ice if necessary. When the chilled butter and water hit the oven it creates steam which helps make the crust extra flaky. Having a chilled pie crust also helps it not to shrink during baking.

The secret to a fluffier flakier gluten-free pie crust is the addition of egg, baking powder, and apple cider vinegar to help leaven the dough so that it is not hard and rubbery when cooked. If your gluten-free flour mix has baking powder you do not necessarily need it, but I found it makes the dough softer- like melt-in-your-mouth good!


Do I need to rest gluten-free pastry?

Resting the disk of pastry dough in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to 1 hour allows the ingredients to settle and provides a nice flakey crust. If you see clumps of butter in the dough, that is good, you want that! Those clumps melt into a the soft crust when cooked.

What do I do if my pie crust is dry?

If the pie crust seems dry, add 1 tablespoon at a time of chilled water until the consistency works with the gluten-free flour used.

Can I mix gluten-free pie crust dough with my hands?

It is ok to work quickly using your hands to break the butter down if you need but work super fast so the ingredients stay chilled. Some bakers say no, because it melts the butter and makes the dough less flakey when it cooks, but if you work fast this method is great.

Why is my gluten-free pastry hard?

That is a result that the pastry dough needs more liquid and water to help it fluff up.

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