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Vegan Pie Crust

This Vegan Pie Crust is flaky, buttery and so easy to make! It calls for 7 simple ingredients and works perfectly for a variety of sweet and savory recipes. Plus, it's freezer friendly! Check out my easy instructions and step-by-step photos for a successful homemade pie crust.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 175kcal
Author Melissa Huggins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegan butter , chilled and cut into 1/2" cubes
  • 1/4 cup vegetable shortening , chilled and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/4 cup water , cold (keep 3 additional tablespoons separated in case it's needed)
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar , add to cold water and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Keep chilled in the fridge after that.

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, and salt to combine. Add the chilled butter and shortening and toss in the flour to coat well.
  • Cut the butter and shortening into the flour using a pastry cutter (a fork or two butter knives will also work). Stop when you have a coarse meal with pea-sized pieces of butter and shortening (some larger/smaller pieces are fine).
  • Slowly pour the cold water and vinegar into the mixture while gently stirring with a spoon or spatula to combine (don't overwork). The dough should start to come together with loose bits of flour at the bottom. Squeeze some dough in your hands to see if holds together. It should feel somewhat dry, but moist enough to stay together when pinched (some falling crumbs are fine) The dough shouldn't be sticky or wet. If it needs more moisture, add a tablespoon of cold water at a time until it comes together. Gently knead the dough just 2-4 times into a ball. The loose crumbs should stick, but if they don't, you can sprinkle cold water on them with your fingers.
  • Form the dough into a 1-inch thick disk and wrap in plastic or an airtight container. Chill for 1-2 hours or up to 3 days.
  • Before rolling, let the dough sit on the counter for 5-8 minutes (If it's too cold, it will crack). Lightly flour your work surface and rolling pin. Place your dough onto your work surface. Starting in the center of the disc, firmly roll away from you in one stroke. Then rotate dough clockwise and repeat. Keep repeating until the dough is about 2-3 inches longer than your pie pan and about 1/4" thick. Lightly flour pin as needed and check under the dough to see if you need more flour to prevent sticking.
  • When finished, brush off any extra flour and roll the dough onto your rolling pin. Place over your pie pan and gently unroll the dough on top. Fit the dough evenly into the pan using your hands (don't stretch). Trim dough evenly around the edge, leaving 1 1/2 inches of overhang.
  • Now fold the edges downwards and press together evenly along the pie plate. You can leave it like this or you can flute the edges by pressing the dough into your thumb, using your index finger and thumb of your other hand.
  • Now place the pie pan back in the freezer for 15 minutes. From here, you can follow the instructions of your recipe or you can wrap your crust and store in the fridge or freezer until ready for use. See note for blind baking instructions.

Notes

  • Recipe yields enough dough for 1 pie crust that fits an 8-9" pie pan.  
Tip: It's important that the butter, shortening and liquids are very cold to avoid melting. You can stick the cut butter/shortening and liquid in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to ensure it's really cold (no longer though). Also, I like to put my bowl and pastry cutter in the freezer for 15 minutes before using too. 
Measuring Flour: For accurate results, don’t scoop the flour with a measuring cup directly from the flour container. Instead, scoop the flour out of your container with a spoon and then into a measuring cup. Don’t pack or tap the cup. After filling, lightly sweep a butter knife across the top to remove the excess flour.
Blind Baking: before placing pie crust in the freezer, prick the bottom of the dough and sides with a fork. This will release steam during baking and prevent the crust from puffing up.  Place in freezer for 15 minutes and preheat your oven to 425 °F (220 °C). Crumple up a piece of parchment paper and fit it into your pie crust. Place pie weights or 1.5 lbs dried beans into the paper and across the bottom of the pan (this prevents bubbling). Place in the oven for 10-15 minutes until lightly golden. Now remove the weights and paper and reduce heat to 400 °F (2o0 °C). Bake for 4-6 minutes more until the bottom is dry and somewhat flaky. Remove from the oven and let cool before adding pie filling. 

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 192mg | Potassium: 21mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 270IU | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg